Day-old baby found in apple orchards of Budgam

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BUDGAM — A  day-old baby boy was found abandoned in an orchard in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Local sources said that some locals found a newborn baby in the apple orchards of village Bonen of Chadoora town. “The baby was wrapped in a cloth. We took him to village and handed him over to Sarpanch of the village, namely Nazir Ahmad,” said locals.

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Police have booked a case against unknown persons and set investigation into motion.

“We are checking with hospitals about deliveries and intelligence is being gathered from local sources about pregnant women who could possibly be the mother. We will soon arrest the accused,” said a police official.

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Locals suspect that the infant, who was abandoned on the same day he was born, could have been from an illicit relationship.

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