Bareilly: An Uttar Pradesh trader, who went to bury his daughter, who had died minutes after being born prematurely, found a new-born girl in an earthen pot, which was buried almost three feet below the ground.

Hitesh Kumar Sirohi rescued the girl and fed her milk using cotton. The girl is currently admitted to a private hospital. According to the superintendent of police (city) Abhinandan Singh, Sirohi’s wife Vaishali is a sub-inspector posted in Bareilly.

 “She was admitted to a private hospital after she complained of labour pain on Wednesday (October 9). On Thursday (October 10), the seven-month pregnant Vaishali gave birth to a premature girl, who died within a few minutes,” Singh said.

On Thursday (October 10) evening, Sirohi had gone to bury his daughter the officer said, adding, “As the pit was being dug, at a depth of three feet, the spade hit an earthen pot, which was pulled out. There was a baby girl lying in it.” The girl was alive and breathing heavily, the SP said, adding that she was rushed to the district hospital.

The details of the girl’s parents, who had attempted to bury her alive were yet to be ascertained, Singh said. “As of now, her life has been saved. We are trying to trace the girl’s mother,” he added.

Meanwhile, chief medical officer (CMO) of Bareilly Vineet Shukla told PTI that Bithari Chainpur MLA Rajesh Mishra had taken responsibility for the girl’s medical treatment.

“On Saturday (October 12), the girl was referred to a higher centre with better and more medical facilities. Her condition has improved,” the CMO said.

Senior superintendent of police Shailendra Pandey said a probe was launched to ascertain who had buried the infant alive.

With PTI inputs