The piece of cloth in which the baby was found wrapped in Bistupur on Wednesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
The body of a newborn girl, swaddled in rags, was found near Baug-e-Jamsheed School in Bistupur early on Wednesday morning, just three days after a female infant was rescued from a drain along NH-33 near the city.
A morning walker found the body of the day-old infant.
“I saw something like a bundle wrapped up in rags,” said 50-year-old Avinash Kumar. “I unwrapped the cloth to discover the dead infant,” Kumar added.
The news spread like wildfire in the posh Northern Town area. However, after a gap of almost four hours, a police team recovered the body.
Bistupur police station OC Jitendra Kumar said the newborn might have died of exposure to extreme heat.
“There was no mark of injury in the newborn’s body. Death may have been caused due to exposure to elements. We suspect someone dropped the newborn at this deserted place sometime during the night,” said Kumar.
He said prima facie the infant was abandoned as she was illegitimate. “A case will be registered against an unknown couple,” he added.
The other newborn girl, who was recovered from a drain with injuries and a missing finger, was shifted to Tata Main Hospital from MGM Medical College and Hospital's children ward on Wednesday evening by JVM workers.
The baby, born premature and abandoned, was admitted to MGM on May 18. Her condition is still critical.
Jharkhand Human Rights Council (JHRC) functionaries said they were moved by the infant.
Manoj Mishra, the president of the human rights body, said they had talked to East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal, requesting him to take special care of the infant.
“We have requested deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal to release funds from Red Cross for the treatment of the child. We are also trying to raise money to save the life of the little one,” said Mishra.
He added that it was heartening that couples were showing interest in adopting the baby girl.
“Two couples had turned up at the medical college hospital, willing to adopt the baby, after getting information about her plight from the media and newspapers,” he said. “However, she is too ill right now.”
He added that the newborn was fighting hard to survive. “The rest depends on god’s will,” he added.