Bihar man accused of throwing four daughters from moving train arrested
According to interrogators, Mian confessed and said he threw his daughters off the Kamakhya-Katra Express under the influence of alcohol, but police said multiple factors were at play.india Updated: Jan 16, 2018 20:09 IST
A 42-year-old man, who is accused of throwing his four minor daughters off a moving train in the middle of the night, was arrested in Bihar’s Motihari district late on Monday after being on the run for almost three months.
The Uttar Pradesh Government Railway Police (GRP) arrested Iddu Mian from near his house in Motihari’s Saraiya village and brought him to Lucknow on Tuesday.
According to interrogators, Mian confessed and said he threw his daughters off the Kamakhya-Katra Express under the influence of alcohol, but police said multiple factors were at play.
“The accused is illiterate as well as a severe alcoholic and his initial interrogation suggested that getting rid of his daughters was certainly in the back of his mind,” said Inspector General (IG) of Police, GRP Lucknow, Binod Kumar Singh.
Iddu Mian is accused of throwing four of his five daughters -- Rabina Khatoon (12), Algun Khatoon (9), Muniya(7), and Shamina (4) -- off the Kamakhya-Katra Express on the intervening night of October 23 and 24.
The train was passing through Sitapur, about 90 km north of Lucknow, when Iddu allegedly threw his children, who were sleeping, one after another.
Muniya died while the other three were found injured by the railway tracks the next day. The family was travelling from Bihar’s Bettiah to Jammu, where Mian worked as a labourer.
The plot thickened when days later, Mian’s 36-year-old wife, Afreena Khatoon, turned up at the village clutching their youngest daughter, two-year-old Shehzadi.
She told police he had thrown the four girls off the train when she was sleeping, and threatened her to keep quiet. “Paanch-paanch ladkiyan ko kaun palat aur kaun shadi karawat (who will feed five girls and arrange for their marriages),” she had quoted Mian as saying to her on the train.
Police said Mian managed to abscond for 83 days by hiding in a sugarcane field for a month-and-half, coming out only to get provisions, and threatening villagers to not go to the authorities. He also travelled Jammu, Patiala, Chandigarh, Delhi and Nepal to throw the police off his scent.
Police said Mian took care of his two sons from his first wife, and his elder son, Raees, stayed with him in Jammu. He, however, never spent money on his daughters and they stayed along with their mother at their maternal grandmother’s house in Jharka village of Bettiah district.
According to interrogators, Mian said the family boarded the train from Bettiah on October 22.
He bought two bottles of liquor when the train halted at Gorakhpur railway station on October 23 and consumed it inside the toilet after his wife and daughters had slept on the night of October 23 and 24. “Under the influence of alcohol, he then threw his four daughters while crossing Sitapur,” Singh stated.
Mian also apparently told the police that he couldn’t throw his youngest daughter as she was sleeping in her mother’s lap. He said he informed his wife about throwing the girls out of the moving train after reaching Jammu as she was repeatedly asking about her missing daughters.