| The mother with the baby girl. File picture
Jorhat, March 6: Nearly a week after a father of twins alleged that one of his baby boys had been swapped with a girl at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital, police today registered a case to investigate the incident.
The case was registered following an FIR lodged by the hospital authorities at Jorhat police station last night seeking a thorough probe into the baby-swapping charge.
The baby’s father, Bipin Modi, also lodged an FIR today.
Modi has been insisting that his wife gave birth to twin boys on February 21.
The twins were put into the neonatal intensive care unit right after birth for being underweight. When the babies were reunited with the mother in the women’s ward last Tuesday, one was a girl.
The hospital went to the police after the four-member committee of doctors, constituted by hospital superintendent B.P. Das on March 3 to investigate the matter, submitted its report yesterday recommending that an FIR be lodged.
The case has been lodged under Sections 120 (B) — criminal conspiracy, 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code.
A source in the hospital said the doctors’ inquiry report found some “serious discrepancies” in the case.
“In order to unravel the truth, a paternity test should be done and an FIR should be lodged with the police for a thorough investigation into the entire matter,” the report recommended.
The police have begun investigation and will soon question the hospital staff concerned, the couple and the ambulance crew which brought Modi’s wife to the hospital.