Pradeep Pattanayak

Police on Monday reunited a mother with her baby boy within 12 hours of its kidnap from Balasore district headquarters hospital (DHH). 

As per reports, a woman of Kulachada village in Baliapal area gave birth to a baby boy at Balasore DHH on Saturday night. As per the allegation of the woman, an unknown woman approached her on Sunday morning at about 9.30 am and took the baby from her telling her that she was taking the baby for vaccination. And, since then there were no whereabouts of the infant and the woman. The family members launched a frantic search but failed to trace the infant. 

With no option left, they lodged a missing report. Taking the case seriously, Balasore police launched an investigation. The probe progressed on the basis of CCTV footage. Eventually, they rescued the infant from the house of Krishna Patra, a resident of Santia village under Jaleswar police limits. 

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Informing about the rescue operation, Balasore SP Sagarika Nath said, “We had formed three teams- one for local intelligence and local CCTV footage verification, the second one was our cyber team and the third one was a raiding team. On the basis of the woman’s allegation, we detained an ASHA worker and interrogated her. Finally, with the help of the traffic constables’ team and auto drivers’ team, we were able to rescue the infant within 12 hours and we handed it over to its mother.”

In this connection, police detained Krishna Patra’s wife and the ASHA worker.  

Notably, an infant was stolen from the special newborn care unit (SNCU) of the Balasore DHH two months ago.

(Reported by Chandrakant Jena and Prakash Mohanty) 

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