Man 'leaves' dead infant's body near hospital

The body of a stillborn baby was found in central Delhi’s Delhi Gate area on Saturday morning. His father had kept the body there while he looked for a cremation ground.

The stillbirth took place at the nearby Lok Nayak Hospital, where his mother was admitted on Thursday. The hospital authorities had handed over the dead child to his father, who went to search for a cremation ground leaving the body in a park.

When the infant’s father, 47-year-old Lakhan Singh, returned, police had already been informed about a child’s body lying there.

The matter was reported to police at 7.30 am. “We received information that the body of a male infant was lying near the wall of a park in Delhi Gate. We reached there and took the body to Lok Nayak Hospital, where the baby was declared dead,” said Parmaditya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central).

Police also found a slip of Lok Nayak Hospital in the infant’s hand. “At the hospital, we found the baby’s mother, who had been admitted there for the past two days. We were informed that the baby had a stillbirth and doctors gave the body to his father,” Parmaditya added.

Lakhan hails from Kanpur and works as a labourer in the capital. He is not aware of the topography of Delhi. He kept the infant’s body near the park with the intention of returning after finding a cremation ground.

“We have not registered any case as there is no foul play in the incident,” Parmaditya said. But local police were worried after the PCR call as a two-month-old child was also stolen from the hospital last week.

The incident came a day after a newborn was kidnapped from Rao Tula Ram Memorial Hospital in west Delhi.
DH News Service

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