New Delhi: Sweepers cleaning the Amritsar-Howrah Express train were left surprised after they recovered a one-day-old boy flushed down the toilet. The child was rescued when the train stopped for cleaning yesterday. He is being treated at the Amritsar Civil Hospital. The Government Railway Police (GRP) has registered a case under Indian Penal Code’s Section 317 against unidentified persons for exposure and abandonment of child under twelve years, by parent or person having care of it.

The sweepers have told the GRP that a ‘dupatta’ (traditional stole) was found tied around the neck of the infant prompting suspicion that it was done in order to strangulate it before flushing it down the toilet. However, the baby did not fall from the train toilet. A doctor at the Amritsar hospital on Sunday said the baby, who was found without any clothes and was shivering, was out of danger.

Police officials and doctors said that the infant was lucky to have survived despite being dumped “so mercilessly and left in the winter cold in the toilet flush”. CCTV footages at railway stations were being examined to ascertain who was behind the act.

(With inputs from agencies)