Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Mar 10:

Two days after a newborn was allegedly stolen from SCB Medical College and Hospital here, Odisha police today released the sketch of the suspect to nab her.

According to reports, Twin City Commissionerate police today released the sketch of the suspected woman who allegedly fled from the hospital premises with the baby boy.

“A case under 363 of IPC has been registered with Mangalabag police station in connection with the disappearance of the newborn child. The CCTV footage has been retrieved and security guards were questioned. Police are investigating into the case,” Cuttack DCP Sanjeev Arora said.

It may be mentioned here that a woman from Kankadahada village in Dhenkanal district had delivered a baby boy on Tuesday at SCBMCH. The following day, the newborn’s aunt took him for immunization near the Obstetrics and Gynaecology department. In the meantime, a woman introduced her to be an ASHA worker and offered help to get the baby immunized.

The accused woman took the baby into his arms and proceded towards the immunization centre to get him immunized. After the process was over, the woman disappeared from the department following which a case was registered with Mangalabag police station on Wednesday.

“A white saree clad woman appeared and introduced herself as an ASHA worker. Then she offered help to get my son immunized with polio vaccine. However, she fled with my boy,” Pramod Pati, the father of the missing child said.

The hospital authorities, however, claimed that the suspect has been spotted with the child.

“With the help of CCTV cameras installed in the Gynaecology department we have been able to spot a woman with a child. We are hopeful that she would be nabbed. Police are investigating into the case,” Emergency Officer, Bhubanananda Moharana said.

Notably, this is second such incident in less than three months’ time. Police suspect involvement of a racket in stealing of newborn children from the hospital premises.