The body of a two-year-old was found in a four-feet deep roadside gully in Rajiv Colony Tuesday, a day after he went missing.
The deceased has been identified as Happy, son of Vinod, 22, and Anju, 17, who live in Budanpur.
The incident was reported Monday around 6.30 pm, when Anju registered a complaint with the police that her child had gone missing from her parents’ home in Rajiv Colony. “After we received the complaint, we started looking for the baby. His body was found next morning in a roadside nullah at some distance from their house,” said Sub-Inspector Naib Singh from the Sector 16 police post.
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According to the police, the body was covered in dirt, and his mouth and nose were choked with mud. A part of his hand was found bitten by pigs. The body was first spotted by a neighbour, who informed the police.
Anju and her family have alleged the involvement of Vinod. “Ever since my daughter got married, there has been constant fights between them. Vinod often does not go to work and forces Anju to bring money from home. He did not want the child. Two days back, they threw my daughter out of their house, and she came to stay with me with both her children. Had they not done this, this incident would not have happened,” alleged Anju’s mother, Rani.
However, the local police have ruled out any foul play for now.
“It appears that the baby came crawling near the nullah, and since it was an open nullah, he fell into it and drowned. The post-mortem report is awaited. There were marital disputes between the couple, but we have not found any evidence against the father in the incident,” said S-I Naib Singh.
No case has been registered, and the police have started inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.