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Police fields team to Sertena to investigate P’ling baby case

Phuentsholing police sent a team to Sertena village in Haa on June 19 to investigate the case of the newborn that was allegedly thrown out of a hotel window in Phuentsholing on April 15, according to sources.

Police officials refused to comment. But Kuensel learnt that the two men, the 38-year-old officiating principal of Sertena primary school (SPS) and a 28-year-old teacher were granted bail on June 14 and the 24-year-old sweeper of the school is still in police custody.

The three were detained on April 15 after it was found that they had stayed in the same room in a hotel at Goedoe Lam in Phuentsholing town on April 14 night. 

While the three had claimed that the baby was born dead initially, forensic reports later confirmed that the baby was born alive, concluding that it was a murder.

It was learnt that the woman, in her statement to police, stated that a cow herder in Haa is the father of the baby. 

But sources said that although concrete evidence on the case has not been found, circumstantial evidence indicates all three are involved.

Phuentsholing police said they are waiting for the DNA report. “It might take another few months,” an official said. 

Rajesh Rai | Phuentsholing

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