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(IANS)

On Thursday, a 13-year-old girl who was out grazing goats was attacked by a crocodile and dragged into the Chambal river in Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah.

Shalu’s father, Jagpat Singh Bhadauria, tried to rescue her, but also sustained injuries in the attack. He has been admitted to the hospital.

Teams of the Chambal Sanctuary and police have launched a search for the girl’s body with the help of local divers and motorboats.

The body was not retrieved till late Thursday night, and the search remains ongoing.

The father-daughter duo had gone to the riverside for goat grazing.

According to police, the incident happened when Shalu went close to the river to give water to the goats. That’s when a crocodile suddenly emerged from the water and dragged the girl into the river.

“We have warned the residents not to venture into the river and adjoining water bodies, desist from grazing cattle close to water sources,” a Chambal sanctuary ranger said.

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The above article has been published from a wire agency with minimal modifications to the headline and text.

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