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12-day-old stolen from hospital, rescued within 6 hrs

A 12-day old infant boy was allegedly kidnapped from within the premises of the Babu Jag Jivan Ram hospital in Jahangirpuri area of North-west Delhi in the wee hours of Friday. 

Within six hours, Delhi Police claimed to have rescued the baby boy and reunited him with his parents, said police on Friday. 

According to senior police officials of the North-west district, with the help of technical surveillance, they identified the woman, who allegedly kidnapped the infant. 

“We have identified the woman who took away the baby boy. Further investigation is still on the matter,” said Milind Dumbere, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-west).

According to the infant’s father, Sunil Pandey, who is in a  private job, his son was born on October 22 at the BJRM hospital in Jahangirpuri area. He said: “Since he contracted urine infection, doctors at the hospital suggested us to let him get treated at the ward. 

“So for the past 10-days, my wife and I were getting our new born treated at the hospital. Since my house is just a few metres away from the hospital, only my wife used to stay with the baby. 

“She was allowed to be with the baby, that too she was asked to remain outside the children’s ward. At around 5.40 am, I got a call from my wife informing that our son has gone missing from the ward. I quickly informed the police.”

According to the police, they reached the spot within a few minutes. With the help of the technical surveillance, the police team found that a woman in her mid-thirties, already admitted in the hospital was seen taking the infant boy out of the ward.

A senior police officer said: “With the help of the CCTV footage, we established the identity of the woman. In the preliminary investigation, we found that the woman was already undergoing treatment at the government hospital. We came to know that she has three daughters. 

“It could be that she wanted a son so she picked up the baby boy. We are examining if the woman is medically fit. Moreover, we are assessing the lapses on the part of the hospital. Keeping in mind all these factors, we will take concerned action.”

Meanwhile, police said that they have registered a case under relevant sections of the IPC at the Jahangirpuri police station. Further investigation is underway.
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