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SCB infant theft cases: Court allows CP for DNA test


 The sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) court, Cuttack Sadar today allowed Commissionerate police to conduct DNA test of the two rescued newborn babies stolen from SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack along with their parents.

“The SDJM court allowed the commissionerate police to conduct the DNA test based on a petition filed by Commissionerate police on March 14”, said Assistant Public Prosecutor (APP) Biswajit Baral. Meanwhile, after getting permission from the court, police have started the process for the DNA test. According to police sources, blood samples of the two male babies and their claimant couple have been collected and sent to State Forensic Science Laboratory in Bhubaneswar for DNA test. “After completion of the DNA test, the rescued babies will be handed over to their respective biological parents,” said ACP Sitaram Satapathy.

Notably, the two day-old male babies who were stolen from SCB Medical College and Hospital on January 5 and March 8 were rescued from Kafla Bazar and Baranga. A 34-year-old woman Manashi Samal of Nimasahi under Purighat police station impersonating herself as an Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) had stolen the day-old male child of one Puspa Patra wife of Pabitra Kumar Patra of Rudhanga under Kankadahada police station in Dhenkanal on the pretext of taking the newborn to vaccination center for immunization on March 8.

Police had arrested Manasi and rescued the stolen baby from Sumati Samal of Panchupal under Baranga police station.

During interrogation accused Manasi had also confessed to have stolen the day-old male child of Gudia wife of Katiman Mandal of Kaddatpur in Bihar from the hospital on January 5 and sold the stolen child to Mamata Das and her husband Pramod Das of Kafla Bazar for Rs 10,500. As per her confession, police had also arrested the accused receiver trio and rescued the two stolen babies.

EDITOR : Bijoy Ketan Mishra
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