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Woman posing as hospital staff abducts newborn boy in Ludhiana

Mother of premature baby came to civil hospital in Khanna after an unknown caller told her that her child needed to be vaccinated; accused woman captured on CCTV cameras, yet to be identified.

punjab Updated: Sep 24, 2017 16:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
HindustanTimes, Ludhiana
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The mother wailing after her baby went missing.(HT Photo)

A woman posing as an employee of Khanna civil hospital allegedly abducted a newborn boy on the pretext of administering a vaccination on Saturday. However, police arrested three women and rescued the baby hours after the incident.

The woman who stole the child was captured on CCTV cameras, but police were initially unable to identify her. Senior superintendent of police (SSP, Khanna) Navjot Singh Mahal said they followed the instructions of inspector general Arpit Shukla and scanned the CCTV footage and were finally able to trace the woman, identified as Nimmo from Khanna.

He added that on information provided by Nimmo, police arrested two others, Iqbal Kaur and Dhanjit Kaur, and recovered the child from them.

Mahal further said Dhanjit, who is childless, contacted Iqbal to arrange for a newborn boy for her and paid Rs 50,000 for it. Iqbal asked Nimmo to steal a newborn and give it to Dhanjit.

Police said Nimmo sent the baby’s mother to fetch something to eat and fled with the child. Police had increased the security at the bus stand and the railway station immediately after they were informed.

The mother is a Khanna resident identified as 23-year-old Sarita. She gave birth to a premature boy on September 9 at the civil hospital. This was her first delivery. Doctors referred the baby to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, due to his frail condition. The baby was discharged from PGIMER on September 18. The baby’s father, Jagjivan, is a labourer.

A woman met me at the OPD and asked me to come to the paediatric ward. She took my son onto her lap and said she was going to vaccinate him. Meanwhile, she asked me to get something to eat from the canteen.

In her statement, Sarita told police that on Saturday, she received a call from an unknown number. The caller asked her to come to the civil hospital for the vaccination of her baby. So, she went to the hospital with her son.

Sarita said, “A woman met me at the OPD and asked me to come to the paediatric ward. She took my son onto her lap and said she was going to vaccinate him. Meanwhile, she asked me to get something to eat from the canteen.”

“When I came back after 10 minutes, the woman and my son were missing. I started looking for them in the hospital, but in vain. Later, I raised an alarm and informed police,” she added.

Mahal said Sarita informed police two hours after the incident. However, he added that they started the investigation and alerted surrounding districts. A case was registered under Sections 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

First Published: Sep 24, 2017 16:33 IST