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Pune dad throws 8-month old girl child in Khadakwasla dam, then jumps in: eyewitness reports

Sunil Vijay Danane, estimated to be around 30 years of age, was visiting the dam with his wife, Gauri Danane, and his 8-month-old daughter

pune Updated: Jul 25, 2017 15:10 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Khadakwasla dam (Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

A man allegedly threw his baby daughter in the Khadakwasla dam before jumping in himself. Sunil Vijay Danane, estimated to be around 30 years of age, allegedly threw his 8-month-old daughter on Monday evening, according to eyewitness reports, said fire brigade officials.

Prakash Gore, station officer, said, “The fire station received information of the incident around 6:15 pm on Monday.” He added that Danane and his wife, Gauri Danane, were visiting the dam with their daughter and his wife was carrying the child. Danane, then, asked the wife to hand over the child to him. He allegedly said, “She is my daughter too.” Gore said that this was based on preliminary information received from eyewitnesses.

“The water in the dam is currently flowing at a speed of 5,000 cusecs. By the time we received the information it was past sun down. We have not been able to recover their bodies yet,” Gore said.

The woman, her father and brother were questioned by the police and they claimed that the man used to consume alcohol often. Whether he was drunk when the incident took place is not clear, Gore added.

“While my people were fishing for the bodies, I spoke to the father of Danane’s wife. He said that the couple had not been in a fight or anything of that sort. However, a man who claimed to have known the man closely claimed that he was drunk since afternoon,” he said.

A number of tourists were present on the spot where the incident occurred, Gore said.

First Published: Jul 24, 2017 23:42 IST