The body of a 16-day-old baby, who was snatched by a monkey from his home in Odisha's Cuttack district on Saturday, was found in a well near his home in Talabasta village on Sunday.
“Most probably, the monkey dropped the baby in the well soon after it took off,” Hindustan Times quoted Biswaranjan Sahoo, inspector of Banki police station, as saying.
A massive search operation was launched on Saturday following the incident, with 30 forest department personnel in three teams led by Sangram Keshari Mohanty, the ranger of the Damapada Forest Range, combing the nearby forest along with villagers.
The baby was sleeping next to his mother at their home in Talabasta village when the monkey snatched him, sources in the forest department said. The mother saw the monkey fleeing with her baby and raised an alarm.
A forest department official engaged in the rescue operation said that as the child had trouble crying, it made it difficult for the forest officials to hear his voice. It, therefore, became difficult to trace him.
The body has been sent to Banki hospital for postmortem to establish the cause of death, The Times of India reported.
Several persons were injured in attacks by monkeys in the area a few days ago. Locals alleged inaction on the part of the forest department despite repeated complaints.
With inputs from PTI
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Updated Date: Apr 01, 2018 14:51:23 IST