Thane: The police here have arrested a man who allegedly threw his six years old step-daughter into a river with the intention of killing her. The girl however survived.

Tulshiram Saini, the accused, was arrested last night, said the police spokesperson inspector Sukhada Narkar. He has been booked for attempt to murder and other offences.

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A resident of Lokmanya Nagar locality, Saini frequently fought with his wife, police said. On June 29, he took his step-daughter Ekta to Valavali in Badlapur tehsil and flung her into the Ulhas river and fled from the spot.

The girl fell on a hyacinth bed and escaped drowning. She remained there all night, till some passers-by noticed her cries in the morning. Police and fire brigade personnels rescued her.

The girl's mother filed a complaint against her husband for abduction, but he was absconding. Police tracked him down to Nandivili village of Kalyan tehsil last night.