Woman throws daughters off skywalk,1 serious

According to a vendor who has a stall below the skywalk,quick action by onlookers saved the children. The first child landed on a manhole and was badly hurt,he said.

Written by Express News Service | Published: September 18, 2012 1:14 am

According to a vendor who has a stall below the skywalk,quick action by onlookers saved the children. The first child landed on a manhole and was badly hurt,he said

D B Marg Police have arrested a 35-year-old beggar for allegedly throwing her two children off Grant Road skywalk on Sunday night.

Police said Reshma Waghmare,who has made the skywalk her home,entered into an argument with another woman skywalk inhabitant and in a fit of rage,hurled the kids — girls aged one and one-and-a-half years — onto the street below.

The children were rushed to Nair Hospital at Mumbai Central and are reported to be stable.

“The incident occurred at 11 pm on Sunday. We have booked the woman under IPC section 307 for attempting to murder the children,” said senior inspector Ajit Surve.

An eyewitness said stall-owners around the skywalk were wrapping up for the night when the argument erupted. “The squatters fight every night under the influence of alcohol and drugs. They live nearby and sleep on the skywalk. On Sunday,the woman suddenly threw her children down,” said a coconut vendor.

Another vendor Alam,who has a stall below the skywalk,said quick action by onlookers saved the children. “The first child landed on a manhole and was badly hurt. Then the woman threw the other child,but bystanders caught her. Some people put the children in a taxi and took them to hospital.”

Hospital officials said both children were out of danger.

“The older girl has suffered a fracture in her head. She was brought with a wound in her head which we sutured. We have sought opinion from the neurological department and will operate only if her vitals deteriorate. The younger child has a swollen right hand. Both children will be kept under observation for at least 24 hours,” said a doctor.

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