A two-day-old baby boy was abandoned by a woman, who handed him over to a stranger in a train at Delhi’s Nizamuddin railway station on Wednesday night.
The woman, who is suspected to be the infant’s mother, quietly slipped away from the railway station and has not been identified till now.
It was around 9pm on Wednesday when the woman approached the crowded general compartment of a train set to depart for Bhopal from Nizamuddin railway station.
“Through the emergency window of the compartment, the woman handed over the baby to a student sitting on the lower side seat. She told him she would take back the child once she managed to enter the crowded compartment,” said a police officer.
But the woman was nowhere to be seen even 20 minutes later, prompting the student to get impatient. Just as the train was about to leave the platform, the student got off the train with the child and contacted the railway police.
Having explained the situation to a police team, the student handed over the baby to them before boarding the train. A hunt for the woman, presumed to be the child’s mother, was launched immediately.
Police also tried to look out for CCTV cameras on the platform in a bid to identify the woman, but realized that the place where the handover took place was not covered by cameras.
The baby was sent for a medical examination and then to a children’s home in Safdarjung Enclave. “The child is in good health. The children’s home is capable of looking after him,” said the officer. The police have made a diary entry in this connection.
Apart from trying to identify the child’s mother, police are also probing the possibility of a kidnapping gang abandoning the child out of the fear of being caught.