A 15-year-old girl was attacked and dragged by a crocodile into a river at Bahraich’s Sujauli area Friday afternoon. A 12-year-old girl, too, suffered injuries in the attack.
Teams of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and police have so far failed to find the body of the girl dragged by the crocodile. The injured girl was taken to hospital and discharged soon after.
Phoolkali (15) and Pinky (12), residents of Bhawanipur village, had gone to Bhawanipur ghat of the Gerua river to perform puja with other villagers.
Sujauli station officer Bhishm Pal Singh said Phoolkali was washing her hands in the river while Pinky was sitting nearby.
He said the crocodile first attacked Pinky who suffered injuries on her legs and hands but was pulled away by the villagers.
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“Soon, the crocodile attacked Phoolkali who was standing there and dragged her into the water before the villagers could do anything.
Police and the SSB have been searching for her body with motor boats since then but have not traced it yet,” Singh said. He said the ghat falls inside the range of Katarniaghat forest range but the neighbouring villagers often visit the place.