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Salt Lake child attack after spraying mom

Calcutta, Feb. 18: A West Bengal Civil Service officer has complained to police that his wife was knocked down and rendered unconscious by a sweet spray and their three-year-old daughter was locked up in the attic one floor above their flat in a Salt Lake housing complex this afternoon.

An obscenity in red ink was scrawled on the little girl’s abdomen when neighbours found her thumping against the closed door and crying.

The alleged attack took place around 4.30pm in the third-floor apartment of the officer who works as a personal assistant of a state minister.

The girl has been admitted to a private hospital in Salt Lake, where, sources said, doctors had refrained from asking her any questions because she was in trauma.

The father said a woman had tried to abduct the couple’s elder daughter after school yesterday.

Recounting today’s incident, the officer said: “Someone rang the bell of our flat twice, a few minutes apart. Both times, my wife could not see anyone when she opened the door. When she opened the door after a third bell, someone hit her on the forehead. She remembers a sweet smell after she slumped.”

The room where the couple’s three-year-old daughter was could be seen from the front door.

The seven-year-old elder daughter and a maid were in another room that could not be seen from the main entrance.

The mother regained consciousness when her elder daughter and a domestic help sprinkled water on her face. The elder said tonight: “I saw my mother lying on the floor. We sprinkled water. Slowly, mother came to her senses.”

When the mother got up, she realised that the younger daughter was missing.

The three, joined by neighbours, mounted a search. After around 45 minutes, a domestic help in one of the ground-floor flats of the same building said she had heard a child’s cry from the terrace. Followed by the others, the maid went up and found the child locked in the attic on the fourth floor.

The girl had been lifted along with the blanket in which she lay wrapped in bed.

“On Monday, a woman had tried to take my elder daughter away from her school gate by offering her a packet of potato chips. My daughter had refused since the flavour of the chips was not her favourite,” said the father.

After that incident, the father had lodged a police complaint. A fresh one was filed after he rushed home this evening, alerted by his wife.

Senior officers of the Bidhannagar commissionerate were at the flat till late tonight. “It appears to be an act of vengeance,” a police officer said. The police were speaking to the maid who found the girl.