A three-year-old girl was critically wounded in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut when a boy put a firecracker in her mouth and lit it a day before Diwali, police said on Wednesday. The girl was rushed to a nearby medical facility where her condition is described as serious.

The incident happened at the Milak village on Tuesday. The police have lodged a complaint against the accused and have launched a search for him.

Shashi Kumar, the girl’s father, in his complaint has named local youth Harpal, who went to his daughter who was playing outside their house and stuffed a ‘sutli bomb’ in her mouth and lit the fuse.

The bomb exploded in the girl’s mouth, causing serious injuries. She has received 50 stitches and her throat has also been infected, further compounding her health condition.