The body of a seven-day-old baby, who died in Moulvibazar's Barlekha upazila during a countrywide transport strike, was exhumed for autopsy yesterday, 35 days after her burial at Ajmir village.
The body of the infant was exhumed from the village graveyard in presence of Barlekha Assistant Commissioner (Land) Sharif Uddin and ASP (Circle) Abu Yousuf, following a court order, Officer in Charge (OC) of Barlekha Police Station Yasin Ahmed said.
Meanwhile, police on Wednesday night detained two of the accused in the case filed over the death, Officer in Charge (Investigation) of the police station Jasim Uddin said.
The arrestees, Alim Uddin, 48, son of Habib Ali of Mahidikona village, and Zakir Hossain, 22, son of Zahir Uddin of the village, were produced before a court that sent them to jail yesterday.
According to the family members, the baby girl died in an ambulance in Chandgram area after some transport workers during their strike held the vehicle for one and a half hours on October 28.
Kuton Mia, father of the ailing infant, first took her to Baralekha Upazila Health Complex, where doctors referred her to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital.
The parents, without any delay, started for the hospital in the ambulance around 10:00am but the vehicle was repeatedly stopped on the road.
When they reached Chandgram area the ambulance was halted again. This time the driver of the vehicle was beaten up and its key was taken away.
As the condition of the child worsened, after the ambulance was held there for one and a half hours, the parents took her to a nearby clinic where doctors declared her dead around 2:30pm.
Akbar Ali, uncle of the deceased, filed a case with Barlekha Police Station accusing 160 to 170 unidentified transport workers on October 31.