Palladam police exhumed the remains of a baby girl on Tuesday who was buried on June 12, allegedly by her parents after her death.
Police said they received information last week about a 36-year-old woman from JKJ settlement in Palladam, who delivered a baby at Palladam public hospital on June 12 and was referred to the hospital in Palladam. Tiruppur Government Medical College with her daughter for further treatment. From there, the woman reportedly fled with the baby and returned to Palladam with her husband, police said.
As instructed by Tiruppur Government Medical College Hospital, a nurse from a local primary health center visited the woman at her residence in Palladam, where she claimed the baby died the same day and that she, along with her husband, had buried the body without informing any responsible, according to the police.
Based on this information, Muthulakshmi, administrative officer of Palladam village, investigated and filed a complaint at Palladam police station on June 19. 201 (Causing the disappearance of evidence of an offense or giving false information to screen the offender) of the Indian Penal Code.
Palladam Tahsildar S. Devaraj said police requested the exhumation of the body for an autopsy as part of the investigation, after which a team from Coimbatore Medical College Hospital visited Palladam on Tuesday. The body was buried in a plot on the Palladam-Poomalur road in Kalivelampatti, and the autopsy was performed on site in the presence of police and officials from the Ministry of Finance. The autopsy began around 10 a.m. and lasted nearly three hours, according to the Tahsildar.
Police said further action would be taken based on the autopsy report. In the meantime, a team of police will monitor the woman and her husband to make sure they do not run away, Palladam police said.