For students of a government school in Bhavokawari village in Sagar district, Madhya Pradesh, a regular game of cricket would take a shocking turn.
According to a report in the Times of India, some schoolboys were enjoying a game of cricket on their grounds when one of them spotted a tiny hand sticking out of the land. The hand was smeared with mud, and the rest of the body was not visible.
The curiosity of one young boy among the group led to the discovery of a baby boy buried in the ground.
Immediately after the discovery of the baby, the children rushed to Choti Bai, a woman who cooks midday meals for the school.
Although critically injured, the baby was breathing and had a chance of survival. Choti Bai dialled up the police as well as an ASHA worker. ASHA is a government programme of Accredited Social Health Activists.
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The baby was cleaned and wrapped in a piece of cloth before being taken to a hospital. Anil Singh, the SHO of Rahatgarh police station told the Times of India that the baby was merely four to five hours old and that someone had tried to bury him in a hurry before fleeing the ground where the young boys were playing cricket.
He is currently kept at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Sagar Medical College. Dr Gaurav Kumar informed local media about its condition. He said that there were some injuries on the tender body of the infant and his condition was critical.
Police have also registered a case against unknown person(s) under section 317 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalizes abandonment of children under 12 years of age and can lead to imprisonment, a fine or both.