Dargahi Lal and Pushpa were the proud parents of a baby girl. However, their happiness turned into sadness after their two-day-old girl went missing from the Mother Child Hospital (MCH) of the civil hospital on Wednesday. Pushpa is in shock after a woman took her newly-born girl from her arms and never returned.
Panic gripped the hospital after which senior hospital functionaries reached the spot. It was around 10 in the morning when an unidentified woman came to Pushpa, 40, mother of the baby girl, and took the baby on pretext of administering her polio drops. Pushpa handed over her child to the woman and asked her nin-year-old daughter Ritika to accompany the woman.
"As soon as the woman reached near the stairs of the hospital, she asked my elder daughter to bring some clothes for the baby from me. My daughter came and took clothes only to find no one near the stairs. Following which, my husband and mother-in-law frantically searched for the woman, but to no avail," said Pushpa.
Ludhiana civil surgeon Dr Renu Chhatwal, senior medical officer Dr PS Sidhu among others reached the spot and enquired about the incident. The police was also informed and an FIR was registered against an unidentified woman.
Pushpa, who belongs to Uttar Pradesh and resides at Kailash Nagar of Basti Jodhewal in Ludhiana, has three daughters and a son, besides the two-day-old baby girl who has been stolen.
At the time of incident, only Ritika was present with Pushpa. Her husband, works at a hosiery factory.
SMO PS Sidhu said, "As per information, a woman wearing purple suit came to the mother and asked her to hand over the baby so that polio drops could be administered to her. Our staff never takes newly-borns away from their parents for the purpose of giving polio drops. The woman was not wearing any uniform and was able to walk out of the hospital without being detected. We have not got any clues from the CCTV."
There are 16 CCTV cameras installed at the MCH of the civil hospital.
Station house officer (SHO) of the division number 2 police station Inspector Surinder Mohan said, "We are probing all possible angles in the case. An FIR has been registered against an unidentified woman. CCTV footage is also being scanned."
Surrounded in controversy
This is the second time this year that the civil hospuital has been surrounded in controversy. In April, the hospital staff had mistakenly swapped two kids. The case was resolved later.
In a recent incident, a nurse at a private hospital had kidnapped a newly-born child. After the parents came to know about the issue, they raised an alarm and called the police. The cops scanned the CCTV footage and found the thief. The police recovered the child from the house of the nurse at Shimlapuri. The nurse then told the police that she earlier had two girls and wanted a male child.