Srinagar: An infant undergoing treatment at a government hospital was burnt to death allegedly due to the negligence of the hospital staff, leading to a public outcry.

The baby girl, born at a private hospital five days ago, was admitted to the GB Pant Hospital on Saturday after developing some complications, family of the deceased infant said.

They said that the infant, who was in the intensive care unit, was declared dead by the doctors on Sunday.

“The baby had burn marks on the legs and other parts of the body. They had kept the baby very close to the blower (heater) which resulted in the death,” the family alleged.

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Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr K Singh, was not available for comments as he was not in his office.

His office staff said that Singh was at the Government Medical College and would be available in the office later in the day.

The alleged negligence of the medical staff at the hospital has led to a public outcry with many taking to social media to express their anger.

“Horrific reports coming in to suggest an outright murder of a newborn in GB Pant hospital in Srinagar. Family from Kreeri alleges criminal negligence. Pictures are self-explanatory. We demand exemplary punishment and not a mere eyewash in the name of enquiry,” PDP leader Suhail Bukhari, who hails from Kreeri, tweeted. (PTI)

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