In a freak incident, an infant girl, just 10 months old, fell off a jeep passing through the forest in Idukki on Sunday night, crawled to the forest office and alert officials there with police support returned it to the parents. The mother came to know about the missing child after nearly two hours.
Range officer Sandeep told Pennews that the incident happened around 10:40 pm near Rajmala, the much-frequented tourist destination.
The family bound for Kambilikandam was returning from Palani where they had gone for a pilgrimage. The baby was on the lap of the mother who was sitting in the rear seat when it fell.
Seeing the light near the forest checkpost, the little one began crawling towards it. Hearing the cry of a baby, forest officials rushed to the place and were shocked to see the baby crawling. They immediately informed the police who passed on wireless messages to different stations and their team on night patrol.
Nearly around midnight when the jeep reached Kambilikandam, some 50 km from Rajmala check post, did the mother realise that her little one was missing. She must have been tired after the tedious journey and fallen asleep. The child must have fallen down when the vehicle negotiated a curve near the checkpost.
The wailing parents rushed to the police station on reaching Kambilikandam. By then, police had got information about the child having been recovered.
They rushed back to Rajmala by when the infant, who had sustained minor injuries in the fall, had been treated. The relieved parents received the child from the police around 2 am.