Hyderabad: A two-month-old baby was Monday reunited with her mother by police, less than 24 hours after she allegedly handed it over in an inebriated state to a man near Osmania General Hospital here in Hyderabad, police said.

They said the woman handed over the baby to the man on Sunday night,saying she would be back after some time. However when she did not turn up. The man (later identified as Mohd Irfan ) then took the wailing child to his house and vainly tried to feed it milk. He informed his friends and relatives and they handed over the baby to the Afzlgunj Police Station, an official release said.

Constable M Ravinder on night duty there, informed his wife K. Priyanka, also a constable at another station and who was on maternity leave, of the baby's plight and she came to the spot and fed the baby.  Later, the baby was shifted to the Government Maternity Hospital at Petlaburz.

During efforts to trace the mother,  police found  a a woman crying at Chanchalguda area, who narrated the sequence of events. The woman claimed that she had forgotten the area where she had given the baby to the man as she was drunk at that time.She was then taken to the hospital, where she identified her child. After she identified herself as Shabana Begum, 30, wife of Feroz Khan, a ragpicker from Falaknuma , the baby was handed over to the woman after proper confirmation.

Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar said that the act of the constable couple reiterated the commitment of the police. This has brought year end cheer after hard work to duty all through, he said.

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