Patnagarh child theft: Odisha cop suspended for thrashing baby’s father

Balangir: The district SP today suspended ASI Anadi Matari on charges of beating a man, whose newborn baby boy was allegedly stolen from the Patnagarh Sub-Divisional Hospital in Odisha’s Balangir yesterday.

Jayanti Tandi, wife of Rudramani Tandi, had yesterday given birth to a baby boy at the hospital. Later, a woman dressed up as an ASHA worker reportedly took the baby on the pretext of checking his health condition and fled the spot with a person who was waiting outside the hospital premises on a motorcycle.

A complaint in this regard was filed at the police station by Rudramani. While locals and family members of the baby were staging road blockade on Balangir-Patnagarh main road demanding arrest of the woman, the ASI thrashed Rudramani which was captured on camera.

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