Srinagar: A dead body of a newly born baby in water surrounded by weed, held by a long stick is doing on a social media especially on WhatsApp in Kashmir. While it looks unreal, the police officials have confirmed the horrible and shameful incident.
The lifeless drowned body of a male infant was found by Srinagar Municipal Corporation’s workers, who were cleaning the waters near Jogi Lanker bridge in Rainawari on Wednesday morning. On seeing the baby caught up in weeds, the workers had called up the police.
Speaking to Free Press Kashmir, a police official said, “The municipality workers were cleaning the waters from Jogi Lanker side. While cleaning, the baby was caught in the bag. They fished out his body. It must have been in the water for 2 to 3 days.”
The police registered a First Information Report (FIR) No. 46 2018 u/s 318, sent the body for postmortem and took its DNA samples to investigate the matter.
“We sought permission from the DC and his last rites were performed in Malkhah,” said the official.
“It looked like that he was a 2-day old baby. It still had the umbilical cord attached. We will get the post-mortem reports from which we will know the cause of death, his age, whether he was born dead or died after birth and for how long the body was in water. That all will be verified from the reports,” he said adding that on the basis of the reports they will further investigate the case.
“Medical reports will be sought from the Government Medical College, Srinagar. It may take one or two months to come,” he added.
“We have preserved the evidence because we do not want to let go of the criminal. This is a condemnable and a shameful act,” said the official.
In March, a picture of a newborn baby, lying on a wet muddy road in Srinagar went viral across the feed of social media users in Kashmir.
The photo of the lifeless baby was said to be found near a washroom in Srinagar’s Downtown area near Gunj Baksh Public Park, Nowhatta. The post claimed that it was found by the locals who then informed the Jammu and Kashmir Police.