Mystery over death of 3 siblings during treatment in Delhi hospital

The children were brought to the hospital in a semi-conscious condition by the mother and were pronounced dead during the treatment. Police are waiting for a report from the doctors to ascertain the cause of the death,

delhi Updated: Jul 25, 2018 10:39 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Delhi,Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital,east Delhi
The parents told police that the children died following days of illness but police said they were probing the case from all angles. (Representational image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Three children – aged eight, four and two years – died mysteriously after their mother admitted them at a hospital in east Delhi on Tuesday morning.

Police are waiting for a report from the doctors to ascertain the cause of death. While the parents told police that the children died following days of illness, police said they were probing the case from all angles.

Police said they were informed about the incident around 1 pm. The police control room called Mandawali police station informing that three kids had died after they were admitted to Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital’s emergency.

A senior police officer, on the condition of anonymity, said preliminary probe revealed that the father of the children, a rickshawpuller and mother, a homemaker, rushed their kids to hospital around 10 am, reporting that they were down with diarrhoea for the past few days.

“It has come to notice that the kids were semi-conscious when brought to the hospital. During treatment, all of them were pronounced dead. The hospital staff then called up the police and the bodies were sent for a post-mortem examination to find out the reason behind their sudden death,” the officer said.

Deputy commissioner of police (east), Pankaj Kumar Singh said no police case had been registered yet. “We are yet to receive the doctor’s report. It will then be established if there’s a foul play. Accordingly, a case will be registered,” he said, adding that foul play cannot be ruled out at this stage.

Police are questioning neighbours of the couple to know more about the kids’ whereabouts before they died. “The parents will be questioned after the bodies are handed over to them for last rites,” the officer said.

First Published: Jul 25, 2018 10:39 IST