Sambalpur, Mar 27: Increasing theft of infants have kept the Odisha police stunned and rather worried, as recently a newborn was stolen from the Sambalpur DHH at Sambalpur allegedly by a woman, says father of the child. Working on the case, the district police have formed four squads to trace the baby. The police are also scanning all CCTV footages of bus stands, railway stations and others in the district, along with 20 other police personnel are also engaged in the search operation, while the neighbouring districts are also warned and been alerted of the incident, said sources.
The police have also uploaded the photograph of the suspected woman on the district portal and the crime branch has also been alerted. while, in the meanwhile, the kin of the baby have refused to leave the hospital premises until the baby is found, said sources.
In the link, the hospital authorities have also suspended two security guards who were on duty on the night of the theft. An inquiry relating to the incident has been called at the DHH, and if any staff or member is found involved in the incident, strict actions will be taken against them, said the CDMO, Sambalpur DHH.
Notably, the infant’s mother was admitted to the hospital on 22nd of this month. She gave birth to a baby boy on the 23rd. But unfortunately, the boy was stolen at around 2 am on Friday morning by a woman.
Earlier on January 5 and March 8, two babies were stolen from the SCB medical college and hospital on each on a day. The Commissionerate police rescued the two babies on March 11 and nabbed the woman thief, the mastermind, who claimed to be an ASHA Worker. As per a court order, DNA tests were done to match the babies and the parents and then they were handed over to their actual family.