Two men, believed to be the father and grandfather, were caught trying to bury alive a newborn girl on Thursday, 31 October in India
The grandfather along with his son-in-law was trying to bury the newborn girl alive in a wasteland near a busy bus station in Secunderabad, a neighbourhood of Hyderabad in the Indian state of Telangana.
The newborn girl was rescued by police who were alerted by an auto-rickshaw driver.
According to an Indian digital news platform, The News Minute, the auto-rickshaw driver had noticed the two men carrying something wrapped in a bundle of blankets and acting suspiciously.
When the two men reached a secluded place near the bus station and were about to put the bundle in a hastily-dug pit, the alert driver raised an alarm.
Following which, policemen, who are always present around the busy bus station, rushed to the scene and started questioning the duo, reported The News Minute.
When questioned by the policemen, the grandfather, who was holding the newborn girl in his arms, pretended to sob and claimed that he was burying the dead body of his granddaughter
However, the newborn started moving her hands and legs, prompting the police to immediately detain both the accused and taking custody of the infant.
Following which, the rescued newborn was shifted to a government-run hospital in the city.
"As of now, the baby is responding to treatment well," Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) S Srinivas was quoted as saying by The News Minute.
According to a report in Daily Mail, the grandfather confessed that when he learned about his daughter giving birth to a girl child, he and the rest of his family decided not to bring the newborn home
Both the grandfather and the father were detained and released a day later on Friday, with the police said to be investigating the matter further, the Daily Mail reported.
Meanwhile, the police suspect that the girl child had some medical complications and the cost of treatment the family may not have been able to afford.
The News Minute said that the police were counselling the family.