INDORE: Infuriated by a third girl child born in his family, a man snatched his two-day-old daughter from his wife and killed the neonate by throwing her into Kshipra river in Ujjain.
The matter came to fore when police conducted probe into the body of newborn found on the banks of Kshipra river. Ironically, his elder daughter gave the clues to the investigators about her father's action, leading to his arrest.
The body was found floating near Kshipra river bank on December 13. A postmortem examination performed by Dr VB Purohit indicated that the baby had drowned, following which the Neelganga police had registered a case of murder against unknown persons.
Neelganga police station sub-inspector K S Gehlot said the police searched for records of newborns in Ujjain hospital and found that a girl child was born to one Sharafat and Yasin, a resident of Gandhi Nagar.
The police could not get any information about Sharafat's child, when a team reached their house for investigation. Sharafat, a welder, had two daughters 10 years and 12 years of age.
Police got information that the elder daughter told neighbours that Sharafat had left with the newborn in the evening and returned without her.
Sharafat was taken into custody and during interrogation, he confessed to have thrown the neonate into the river. "Sharafat claimed that he was disturbed over the third girl child born in his family, following which he had a fight with his wife. In a fit of rage, he threw the child into the river," Neelganga police station in-charge OP Aheer said.
Sharafat was booked for murder and sent to jail by an Ujjain court.
On Wednesday, the investigators exhumed the body of the child to collect tissues for DNA tests. Samples of blood were also collected from Sharafat and Yasin to prepare evidence of parenthood in the case, Gehlot said.