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Mystery over child’s burns

Ranchi, July 19: An eight-year-old girl, who was admitted to RIMS in Ranchi with burns on Thursday, has apparently told her mother that an unknown person threw acid at her when she asked him for water near Hatia railway station.

A rag-picker, the girl has sustained around 60 per cent burns waist downwards. However, police, who are yet to lodge an FIR, said the child got injured in an accident.

A RIMS employee, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Telegraph: “The girl, who appears to hail from a very poor family, was admitted to the hospital on Thursday. Her mother was very frightened and not in a position to say much. But she quoted her daughter as saying that someone threw a bottle of acid at her when she sought water from him near Hatia station.”

Doctors at RIMS, however, said the wounds did not appear to be inflicted by acid.

Nurses looking after the girl did not allow anyone to speak to her. Her mother could not be contacted either.

“Though no FIR has been registered, we came to know about the girl from our sources in RIMS. Preliminary investigations revealed that the acid attack reports are untrue,” said city SP Anoop Birtharay.

Officer-in-charge of Jagannathpur Ratan Kumar Singh said the child was injured in an accident. “Accompanied by her two little brothers, she was picking plastic bottles in a running train that was going to Ranchi from Hatia. When the train slowed down near a bridge at Birsa Chowk, she tried to get down and somehow came into contact with something hot. We are trying to find out what was the object.”


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