A policeman was arrested on Saturday for allegedly inflicting burns on a two-year-old girl with a cigarette butt and thrashing her mother in Chhattisgarh’s Balod district, police said.
Constable Avinash Rai, who was absconding after committing the crime on Thursday night, was apprehended on Saturday morning from Bhilai town of neighbouring Durg district, Balod superintendent of police Jitendra Singh Meena said.
The accused had lent some money to the woman, whose husband lives in Nagpur, and on October 24, he went to her place to collect the amount and continued to stay there, Meena said, adding that on Thursday night, he allegedly forced the toddler to call him “papa” and when she did not respond, he inflicted multiple burns on her face, stomach and hands with cigarette butts, he said.
After the incident came to fore, Chhattisgarh DGP DM Awasthi placed the accused cop under suspension. He was arrested from Bhilai town in Durg district on Saturday morning.