A newborn,who was thrown at a canal in Sudhar but had defied death after she was rescued on July 9,died at a local nursing home on August 14. Christened as Vandana,the girl – born on July 9 at Chopra Nursing Home in Sudhar – died after milk got stuck in her windpipe.
On July 9,some children bathing in the Sudhar canal had fished out a polythene bag. To their surprise,they found a newborn girl in the bag. The local police were informed,who in turn sent the girl to the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. A couple of days later,the girl was adopted by an orphanage,Talwandi Dham.
Kuldeep Singh Mann,the manager of the orphanage,said: The girl was doing fine but on August 14,she developed some problems and was taken to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital,where she died. We then informed the Dakha police and even told them that an FIR had been lodged at the Sudhar police station regarding the birth of this girl. We had done our duty. A post mortem was conducted on the baby and she was later buried at the orphanage.
According to sources,the girl was born to an unwed mother,who had come to Chopra Nursing Home with her parents. After the woman delivered the child,her relatives took the infant from the hospital and threw her in the canal. Following this,a doctor at the hospital,Dr Sanjeev Chopra,had approached the police.
Interestingly,the Sudhar police station,which is trying to trace the babys parents,had no idea about her death till they were approached by The Indian Express.
When contacted,Ludhiana SSP Rural Ashish Choudhri said: We have been told that the orphanage,where this girl was kept,had informed the Dakha police. The Sudhar police is investigating the matter and I have asked Raikot DSP K S Pannu to ensure that investigation is expedited and the case sent to the court.