Tragic! Four-year-old dies as drunk father drops her from bridge

Updated: 03 June, 2017 15:02 IST | Samiullah Khan | Mumbai

Virar resident, who on his way back home from a relative's wedding, was carrying his daughter on his shoulders, and slipped off a small bridge plunging 20 feet

Virar resident Gauri Satvi's family mourns her death. Pic/Hanif Patel
Virar resident Gauri Satvi's family mourns her death. Pic/Hanif Patel

This 30-year-old didn't give a thought to how his drinking could be injurious to her health; and he lost her — his four-year-old daughter. The Virar resident, his wife and their toddler were on their way home in the wee hours of Wednesday after attending a wedding function.

An inebriated Nilesh Satvi, who was singing and stumbling along, had the toddler Gauri on his shoulders, when he lost balance while crossing a small bridge, and both fell under it. Gauri, who first hit rocks, got crushed to death on the spot after Nilesh fell on her. The father sustained minor injuries.

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Nilesh, his wife and daughter Gauri, riding his shoulders, were walking back to their village after attending a relative’s wedding
Nilesh, his wife and daughter Gauri, riding his shoulders, were walking back to their village after attending a relative's wedding

Sources said the incident occurred near Thadacha Pada in Saivaan village near Mandvi around 2.30 am on Wednesday.

Nilesh, his wife and daughter Gauri were walking back to their village after attending a relative's wedding. Nilesh, who was drunk, had Gauri on his shoulders, while his wife was a few feet behind them. While crossing a small bridge near Thadacha Pada, he lost his footing, and both he and Gauri plummeted 20 feet under the bridge.

While crossing a small bridge near Thadacha Pada, Nilesh, who was inebriated at the time lost his balance and both fell 20-feet down
While crossing a small bridge near Thadacha Pada, Nilesh, who was inebriated at the time lost his balance and both fell 20-feet down

Gauri fell first, hitting her head on the rocks below, and later, got crushed under Nilesh, who fell on her a few seconds later. She died on the spot due to multiple injuries to her head and chest, while Nilesh sustained minor injuries.

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As soon as Nilesh's wife saw the two fall, she screamed for help; a few passers-by rushed to her aid, going down and bringing the father and daughter up and taking them to a hospital in Mandvi.

Gauri, however, hit the ground first while hitting her head on the rocks and was then crushed under Nilesh, who fell on her
Gauri, however, hit the ground first while hitting her head on the rocks and was then crushed under Nilesh, who fell on her

Investigating officer in the case assistant inspector SB Dhone said, "Gauri fell on the rocks. When Nilesh fell on her, her skull and rib cage got fractured, blood oozing from her ears and nose; she died on the spot. He sustained minor injuries as the girl cushioned him."

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Nilesh was given discharge after treatment, said an officer from Virar police station, adding, "An accidental death report has been registered. The body was handed over to the parents after an autopsy."

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First Published: 01 June, 2017 08:40 IST

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