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Police clueless about baby theft from SMGS
JAMMU, Feb 2: While both police and hospital authorities remain clueless about the missing infant even after 48-hours of the theft, the family along with some social activists continued their protest in Shri Maharaja Gulab Singh (SMGS) hospital premises today.

They continued to blame the hospital staff on duty for negligence and demanded stern action against the staff besides recovery of the missing newly born baby at the earliest. The family refused to go home till the baby is recovered and handed over to them.

On the other hand, Medical Superintendent of SMGS hospital Dr A K Sharma asserted to have attached eight staff members on duty that night, to his office till pending enquiry. The enquiry officer began probe into the whole episode and focused on security lapse which led to theft a newly born baby. The employee attached included one Supervisor, two Nursing Orderlies, four Nurses and one Sweeper on duty during the intervening night of January 31 and February 1, 2013.

Medical Superintendent SMGS hospital while admitted security lapse said that two hospital security guards on duty outside Labour Room were placed under suspension and action against the cop of Police Post SMGS who was on duty was recommended. Police have also detained the security guards for questioning. He was of the opinion that the newly-born was stolen by child lifter gang active here. The members of gang keep watch on soft targets and strike at the opportune time. He said that Administrator Associated Hospitals is conducting a detailed enquiry into the matter with his assistance and office Incharge police post SMGS Hospital and detailed report would be submitted within three days. He, however, has not ruled out involvement of staff and said that the staff on duty has been attached to his office for fair investigations.

Dr A K Sharma asked the people to be alert at the time of deliveries in the hospitals and assured that security has been further strengthened in the hospital.

The family members and activists of Panthers Party continued noisy protests in the hospital alleging nexus between the hospital staff and the child lifters on second consecutive day, today. The family said that they will not leave the hospital till their baby was traced and handed over to them.

Father of missing baby Mohammad Mushtaq of Chingus, Rajouri criticized both police and hospital authorities for its failure to trace his missing son. “I have lost my son and I alongwith my 50 relatives are ready to die in the hospital premises till the baby was traced. We belong to poor Gujjar family and we were targeted by the racketeers in connivance with hospital staff as they want to sell my child and earn money. What I can do is to die for my child here and we will not leave the hospital premises till our last breath,” he added.

His wife Sharifa is also in dilemma and she refused to take meals till her baby is traced. The other family members were also in shock and were demanding early recovery of missing newly born baby.

The protestors shouted slogans outside Police Post SMGS hospital and they tried to gherao the Medical Superintendent’s office but were prevented by the police to move further.

One of the protestors who is close kin of Mushtaq alleged that the poor family was deliberately targeted and their baby was sold to a childless couple. He alleged connivance of racketeers, SMGS staff including security guards and police. He demanded arrest of the staff, security guards and cop on duty to unearth the nexus.

It is notable to mention here that this was third incident of baby theft in the hospital while one baby was traced but another remained untraced till date. The gang is targeting poor families hailing from remote villages as earlier family from Doda was targeted in similar fashion.

Negligence on the part of the hospital security staff was reflected from the fact that the attendant of patient raised alarm within 15 minutes of missing of infant but the failed to act in time and recover the missing infant. It was only after father of infant returned from Medicine store where he went to purchase medicines, that police was informed.
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News Updated at : Saturday, February 2, 2013
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