Whereabouts unknown: Newborn goes missing from NICH

Some hospital staffers and a woman had been summoned for interrogation at the station


Our Correspondent September 19, 2015
The incident was reported on Thursday when the family complained about the disappearance of its newborn boy from NICH. STOCK IMAGE

KARACHI:


The police have started probe into the case of a missing newborn baby who was abducted from the hospital premises hours after his birth.


"An FIR was registered on the complaint of the child's family on Friday night as the police retrieved footages of the paediatric and other wards and the exits of the hospital," a police officer, privy to the investigation of the case, told The Express Tribune.

According to the officer, the police are trying to join the pieces of the puzzle to get a clear picture of the incident. "In such cases, many factors are to be viewed," said the officer, who wished to remain anonymous, referring to the possibility of hospital staff's involvement, family enmities and the groups that abduct infants in order to sell them.

The incident was reported on Thursday when the family complained about the disappearance of its newborn boy from the National Institute of Child Health's premises. The authorities checked for the child's whereabouts, involving their staffers in the search, but all in vain.

"In one of the footages, we have pinned a burqa-clad woman holding a child in her arms," said the officer at Saddar police station. "But nothing can be said as yet about her being the culprit. Neither the boy's nor the woman's pictures are clear." Some hospital staffers and a woman had been summoned for interrogation at the station.

The hospital staffer, who was apparently appointed for gate-keeping duty at the ward from where the child went missing, told the police that he saw a suspicious woman entering the room but did not see her taking the child away.

"A burqa-clad woman accompanying a middle-aged man approached me and insisted on going inside the paediatric ward," said the man. "When I refused, the man asked me to let her inside, saying that a relative was admitted inside."

Published in The Express Tribune, September 20th, 2015.

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