Udaipur : A new born baby was stolen from the immunization room of the government Panna Dhai popularly known as Zanana hospital here at Udaipur city on saturday morning. The baby is suspected to have been stolen by a woman who was admitted in the same ward where the baby’s mother was kept, police said. The accused woman had been admitted in a fraudulent manner and was even availing the diet prescribed for patients , sources claimed. Gopli resident of Natiatal in Gogunda block had delivered the baby in the ambulance while she was being brought to the hospital on Friday night around 9 pm, sources informed.
The incident has created a flutter among the people and activists who alleged negligence on the part of the hospital administration as this is the second incident to have happened in a fortnight. On April 19, a rag picker had taken away a 1.5 year old child who was playing in the gallery of the hospital while her mother was busy attending a relative inside the ward. However, police had rescued the child and arrested the woman next day. According to sources, on saturday morning the child was taken to the immunization room to be given the mandatory injection for infants and within few minutes, he went missing. However, the staff at the immunization centre claimed that the baby was not brought inside and somebody would have taken him from outside only.
The relatives and the hospital staff made a frantic search to find the baby but to no avail. The police was informed which arrived immediately and retreived the CCTV footages to get some clue on the woman who is suspected to have taken away the child. The incident also exposed the recklessness and utter negligence of the hospital administration which do not care to make proper enquiry of people getting admitted or even keeping records of visitors in the wards. The Hathipole police station has registered a case and launched a search to find the woman and child. Seeing the sensitivity of the situation, additional police battalion was stationed at the hospital premises till evening.