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Hospital committee to probe baby death

Siliguri, Dec. 26: The North Bengal Medical College and Hospital has set up a three-member team to probe the death of a newborn whose family alleged that it died because of a chest injury during the mother’s Caesarean section on Monday.

“We have set up an inquiry committee to investigate the death of the newborn. There should be at least three members in the probe committee and we have fulfilled that criterion. NBMCH principal Anup Kumar Roy has asked the committee to submit its report within seven days,” said Shekar Ranjan Basu, the NBMCH superintendent.

A Caesarean section was done on 25-year-old Anjana Mondal, a resident of Bharatnagar in Siliguri, on Monday evening. Doctors told Anjana’s family that she had delivered a male stillborn baby. But her family alleged that the doctor who performed the surgery injured the baby in the chest, which caused his death.

Anjana’s husband Bapi said there was a cut mark on the baby’s chest.

Bapi lodged an FIR against the doctor at the NBMCH police outpost on Monday and submitted a written complaint to NBMCH.

Hospital authorities today said a post-mortem had been done last evening and sent to the police. “The forensic department at NBMCH has already conducted a postmortem and the report has been sent to the police,” Basu said.

.G. Pal, the deputy commissioner of Siliguri police, said: “We are investigating the baby’s death. We have not made any arrests so far.”

Anjana’s family said they would meet north Bengal development minister Gautam Deb to demand the transfer of the accused doctor.

“Two days have passed since we lodged an FIR against the doctor but the police have not yet arrested him. We are certain that the inquiry report will be in favour of the doctor. So we have decided to meet minister Gautam Deb, who is also the chairman of the NBMCH patient welfare committee, in a day or two. The doctor should be arrested immediately and we also want him to be transferred from NBMCH,” said Samir Sarkar, a relative of the couple.

Anjana is still under treatment at NBMCH.