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Wife refuses to go home, drunken man batters 2-yr-old daughter to death

The incident took place in Tongra area of Jharkhand’s Dumka district.

ranchi Updated: May 27, 2018 19:22 IST
Sanjoy Dey
Sanjoy Dey
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
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The man battered her daughter at a distance of few meters from their house at Badalpur Tola under Tongra police station in Dumka. (Representative Photo)

A drunken man allegedly battered his two-year-old daughter to death in Jharkhand’s Dumka district after his wife refused to go home from her parents’ house, police said.

The incident took place at Badalpur Tola under Tongra police station on Saturday night.

Imaru Murmu (28), resident of Hathiya Pathar village under Masalia block, was arrested and sent to Dumka jail on Sunday following an FIR by his wife, said Tongra police station in-charge Rajiv Ranjan.

Murmu had on Saturday gone to his in-law’s house, around 500 meters from his village, to bring his wife Latika Marandi back home.

Latika along with her two-year-old daughter came to her parents’ house a week back.

Latika told police, “Imaru was trying to persuade me to go with him, but I refused, as I was ill.”

Later, he took his two-year-old daughter on a bicycle and told family members that they were going to a local village market, called Hatia in local dialect. He probably consumed alcohol in the village market, police said.

When father and daughter did not return till late evening, Latika’s family members went to search them. They found Imaru was battering her daughter at a distance of few meters from their house. The local people held Imaru and tied him to a tree and called the police. However, the baby had died by then.

Ranjan said the body was sent for autopsy. During interrogation, Imaru told police that he was drunk and had lost his temper after his wife refused to go back home.

Latika said the baby was their only child.

First Published: May 27, 2018 19:03 IST