Bhubaneswar, June 3: Kharavela Nagar police today recovered the mutilated body of a prematurely-born baby near a drain in the Unit-IV market. It appeared that dogs had disfigured the face of the baby.
Local traders said that they had seen a dog eating something inside the drain near which the body was found. “Initially, we thought the dog might be eating some fish or pieces of chicken. As we went closer, we were shocked to see the dog eating a baby,” said Anurag Mulia, a fish seller.
Local residents who spotted the baby could not, however, say whether it was alive or not when they first saw it. The baby was dead and its head was injured severely as the dog had bitten it. The Kharavela Nagar police was immediately informed and they rushed to spot.
The police seized the body and sent it to Capital Hospital for post-mortem.
Local traders, however, suspected that someone might have thrown the baby after delivery. “We were in the market till midnight and there was nothing. We suspect someone might have thrown the baby in the early morning,” said Kalicharan Parida, a vegetable vendor.
The police said it was a stillborn baby and its parents might have thrown it in the drain. “We have registered a case of unnatural death,” said Satyajit Mishra, inspector in charge of the Kharavela Nagar police station.
Local traders and residents, however, did not agree with the version of the police. They alleged that some clinics in the area have been involved in illegal medical practices. “If anybody gave birth to a stillborn at a clinic, they would dispose it of at a biomedical waste treatment plant instead of allowing its parents to throw it in a drain,” said Pabitra Prusti a local resident.