Sharmili Mallick

Khurda/Angul: Two infants were found dead while another was rescued in critical condition from two different places in the State on Tuesday.

As per reports, Police recovered the bodies of two newborn boys from the backside of a hotel at Pitapalli on NH-16 in Khurda district Tuesday evening. Though the exact reason behind the death of the two infants is yet to be ascertained, police have started an investigation into the matter.

On the other hand, a seven-day-old boy was rescued in critical condition by the officials of District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) and police in Angul town.

After preliminary probe, police detained the parents of the newborn and another businessman in connection with the incident.

Angul District Child Protection Officer Gouri Shankar Behera informed that the couple had given away the baby boy to the businessman as they could not afford to take care of the newborn.

"As the couple is already having three kids and was financially unable to bear the expenses of the newborn. On being interrogated, the couple revealed that in order to ensure proper care and protection to the kid, they had given away the infant,” said Behera.

Behera further added, “As per the directives of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), the child has been kept at Child Adoption Centre.”