A woman who had thrown her daughters into the Thane creek from the Kasheli bridge and jumped in after them on Wednesday, was rescued by two alert constables, out on patrol duty, and other residents of the area.
All three have been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Thane. The woman's husband Parshuram Mhatre, 36, has been taken into police custody, after the woman told police that she took the step as she was deeply disturbed by her husband's behaviour.
Constable Arvind Desai said, "My colleague, constable Sachin Bandgar, and I were on the day shift on Wednesday and were patrolling on the Kasheli bridge in Thane, when we saw the woman walking along with her two daughters who were crying bitterly. After she had gone some distance, she suddenly climbed onto the parapet of the bridge, lifted her daughter Chandani, 11, and threw into the creek. She then quickly picked up her second child Kalyani, 6, threw her in and jumped in after her. "Seeing this, we rushed down to the creek and told the locals to help us fish the three out of the water.
A fisherman with a small boat and some other people nearby jumped into the water and brought all three out of the water."
Dasai and Bandgar said the women and the two children were unconscious when they were fished out.
"We quickly hired an autorickshaw and took them to the Civil Hospital at Thane. All three are in stable condition now," they said
Police said they learnt from relatives that the husband and wife used to fight incessantly over frivolous reasons, so on Wednesday morning, the woman decided to end hers and her children's lives.