Police in Kashmir are grilling a doctor along with his two co-workers for disposing off newborns born out of wedlocks in north Kashmir's Baramulla district.
The government on Friday suspended the doctor after the police charged him with a murder case.
Kupwara senior superintendent of police (SSP) Irshad Ahmad said the police were investigating two cases where babies were abandoned in the month of October and November this year. Both the dead newborns were found on the banks of a stream flowing through Kupwara, 90 km north of Srinagar.
"Investigations in one of the two cases led us to a woman who admitted to have delivered the baby in the local district hospital. After questioning, she identified the doctor and his two accomplices who helped her in delivering the child and later killing him," said Ahmad.
The police investigations reveal that once the healthy baby was delivered he was hit in the head before being thrown into the stream. The woman, who is around 20, and the man, who is around 30, were arrested this week. The accused woman is a school dropout and the man is a local worker.
"We are investigating the other case to see if there is any link," said the SSP.
The police have registered a murder case against the doctor, who has been identified as Dr Shan-I-Alam. Two of his associates, Naseema, a part-time sweeper in the Kupwara sub-district hospital and Nazir Ahmad Mochi too have been arrested. The doctor also faces sections including 312 (causing miscarriage), 315 (Act done with intent to prevent child being born alive or to cause it to die after birth), and 304 (A) causing death by negligence.
According to the police, the doctor faces an FIR in a similar case in Tangmarg. An investigation is also on if the doctor was also involved in an illegal abortion and killing of a baby in south Kashmir in 2009. The police refused to comment on these allegations.
Meanwhile, Kashmir director health Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman has suspended the doctor.
The valley is witnessing increase in cases of illegal abortions. In June last year, three persons, including a doctor, were arrested for running an illegal abortion clinic in Srinagar. The accused doctor charged Rs. 10, 000 to 15,000 for conducting abortions.