GUWAHATI: A two-and-a-halfyear-old girl drowned after she was thrown into a river by her father in a bid to cure his ailments in Baksa district of Assam.
Birbal Boro (45) was arrested shortly after the crime on Saturday in Tamulpur. He claimed that God came to him in his dreams and ordered him to commit the act. “He was sick for sometime. On Saturday, he took our daughter, Hrishika, for a walk in the evening but returned home alone. When we asked about her, he said he has thrown her in Borla river,” said his wife, after lodging a police complaint.
She immediately called for help. But by the time the State Disaster Response Force team fished out the girl’s body, she had died. Birbal was caught by locals and handed over to police. Police are probing the possibility of an occultist’s role in the crime.