A day after the body of a six-year-old girl and her two injured sisters were found on the railway tracks in Sitapur district, police said their mother too was found dead near the tracks in Maigalganj area of Lakhimpur Kheri district Wednesday morning.
It also came to light that another sister, the eldest of the four siblings, had been found unconscious with severe injuries near the tracks in Mahmudabad area on Tuesday afternoon. All of them were allegedly thrown off the Saharsa (Bihar)-bound Janseva Express coming from Amritsar via Ludhiana, where they had boarded the train.
Police said they suspect the sisters were thrown out of the moving train along with their mother by their maternal uncle and his friend, both of whom have been booked. The girls’ father was also present. This was corroborated by statements of the injured sisters. Earlier, reports indicated that the paternal uncle too was complicit in the act, however, police could not confirm the same.
Ashok Verma, Circle Officer (CO) of Government Railway Police (GRP), Lucknow, said, “Anbul (7) and Saleeba (4) identified the bodies as that of their mother Afreen Khatoon (40) and sister Munni (6). Their elder sister Rabiya (11) too was found lying unconscious with serious injuries on her body near the railway tracks in Mahmudabad area in Sitapur around 2 pm yesterday (Tuesday). Anbul and Saleeba were found injured near the tracks in Bhawnipur area earlier at around 9 am, while Munni’s body was recovered from the tracks in Manpur area around 11 am.”
“It appears that the mother was thrown out at Maigalganj, then Anbul and Saleeba were pushed near Bhawanipur after around 20 km, while Munni, who died, was thrown out after 25 km. Rabiya was later thrown out after around 22 km in Mahmudabad area,” the CO said, adding that a case has been registered under IPC sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt ) at the GRP police station in Sitapur against the maternal uncle Iqbal and his friend Izhaar.
Iddu Ansari, the father of the four sisters, has not been made an accused as the survivors did not confirm whether he too was involved in the attack, the CO further said.
Verma said Rabiya had been admitted in Lucknow’s KGMU trauma centre due to her critical condition, and was still unconscious. The other two sisters are undergoing treatment in Sitapur’s district hospital.
“A police team comprising the station officer of GRP Lakhimpur Kheri, a sub-inspector and a constable has been sent to Motihari district in Bihar on the basis of information collected from the two girls who said it is their native place. The girls have given the name of their village as well and the police team will collect details during the visit,” the CO added. Police are yet to discover to motive behind the alleged attack.