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Newborn found at Delhi Metro station: ‘Couple abandoned baby, took train to Badarpur’

CCTV shows couple getting on bridge with the girl and then leaving without her, says official who found baby

Written by Alok Singh | New Deljhi |
May 20, 2016 1:56:01 am
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The couple who allegedly left a newborn girl at Govindpuri Metro station Monday, boarded a train towards Badarpur minutes after the incident, according to the security officer who found the baby.

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) official Nitesh Kumar told The Indian Express that he saw the girl lying behind an advertisement board on the foot-over-bridge of the metro station.

“I had just started my night duty, which starts at 10 pm and ends at 7 am. We have to conduct routine checks of the station at night…On the CCTV feed from the foot-over-bridge, I saw some people huddled at a spot on it,” said Kumar.

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“I rushed to the spot… the people who had gathered there told me they could hear a child crying from behind the board. That’s when I saw the girl lying on the ground… I picked her up. She was wrapped in a duppatta… she looked barely a day old,” he added.

The CISF official called an ambulance and also informed the station control room.

The girl “was doing fine” but they couldn’t stop her from crying. “I took her to our station control room. She was crying continuously. I managed to feed her with a piece of cotton dipped in milk… this calmed her down,” said Kumar.

He then handed over the baby to Metro police officials, who took her to AIIMS.

To find those responsible for leaving the baby behind, Kumar went through the CCTV footage of that day and spotted a couple with the baby.

“No CCTV cameras were surveying the spot where they left the child. However, they were seen getting on the foot-over-bridge with the child and in footage recorded later, the baby was no longer with them,” said Kumar.

Later, the couple was seen boarding a train headed towards Badarpur, he said.

The baby was presented before the Child Welfare Committee and then handed over to an NGO.

Police are still looking for the couple who abandoned her at the station, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Jitendra Mani. Several teams have been formed to find them, he said.

A case under Section 317 (exposure and abandonment of child under 12 years, by parent or person taking care of it) of the IPC has been registered at Kalkaji Metro police station.

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