An 11-day-old baby boy, allegedly stolen from Netrakona General Hospital on Monday, was rescued from Netrakona town yesterday.
Police also arrested the baby's aunt Jharna Begum, 36, and Sheuli Begum, 50, and Sheuli's husband Fayzul Haque, 55, of Netrakona's Aatpara upazila, in this connection.
During primary interrogation, the arrested couple said they bought the baby from Jharna. Later, they took the baby to Dhaka where they work.
To avoid police arrest, the couple came to Netrakona with the baby and left him in a plastic bag on the hospital premises around 5:00am yesterday, said Mohammad Fokrujjaman Jewel, additional superintendent of police.
On information, a police team rushed to the spot and rescued the baby and detained the couple while they were fleeing. According to their confessional statements, police later arrested Jharna.
Doctors at the hospital said health condition of the baby was good.
Babita Akter, 35, wife of farmer Abul Kashem of Panchgaj village, gave birth to a baby through a caesarean delivery at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital on February 15. She was released from the hospital on February 20.
On Monday, she came to Netrakona General Hospital to have her stitches removed. When she entered a room at labour ward, her mother-in-law Jayeda Akter kept the child.
“When I was waiting in front of the labour ward, a burqa-clad young woman came to me and began exchanging pleasantries with me. She took the baby in her arms and fled the scene when I was absentminded,” said Jayeda.
Dr Tajul Islam Khan, civil surgeon of Netrakona, said no such incident occurred at the hospital.
The baby's father later filed a general diary with Netrakona Model Police Station in this connection.