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Baby dies in West Bengal lock-up

The Statesman,

KOLKATA, Nov. 29 : The death of a baby in a lock-up generated tension in the Jagacha area of Howrah District this morning. An inquiry into the tragedy began after the police had been accused of denying permission to the baby’s mother for it to be given medical treatment on time.

The critically ill three-day-old baby boy was brought to Jagacha’s police station last night along with his mother, who was to have undergone a medical test today. Taken to a nearby hospital, the baby was pronounced “brought dead.” Some local people alleged that the ill-fated baby had been with its mother in the prison. The mother was required to be in the police station for a medical examination.

She was said to have lodged a comp-laint about a rape against Mr Santanu Mudi, a resident of Jagacha’s Palpara area, yesterday. She was kept in the lock-up for the night. The baby showed signs of being afflicted with serious respiratory problems early in the morning and the police initially did not take it to the hospital despite being requested to do so by its mother. When they condes-cended to accede to the woman’s appeal, it was too late.

Mr Niraj Singh, SP, Howrah, has ordered an inquiry into the circumstances leading to the tragic end to the baby’s life. Some angry people organised demonstrations outside the police station, demanding that the cruelly insensitive police officers responsible for the disaster be punished. n SNS