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Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh: In an uncanny incident, a father found an earthen pot with a newborn girl in it when he was digging a pit to bury his own stillborn daughter who had died minutes after birth.

According to reports, Hitesh Kumar Sirohi, a trader, rescued the newborn girl and fed her milk using cotton. The girl has now been admitted to a private hospital.

According to Superintendent of Police (city) Abhinandan Singh, Sirohi's wife Vaishali is a sub-inspector posted in Bareilly.

She was admitted to a private hospital last week after she complained of labour pains.

She gave birth to a seven-month premature girl, who died within a few minutes.

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Sirohi had gone to bury his daughter and as the pit was being dug, at a depth of three feet, the spade hit an earthen pot, which was pulled out. There was a baby girl lying in it.

The SP said that the girl was alive and breathing heavily. She was taken to the district hospital and admitted. Her condition is stable now.

Abhinandan Singh said: "A very inhuman incident came to light under the limits of Subhash Nagar police station in Maninath cremation ground in which a newborn girl was buried by unknown people inside an earthen pot. The baby was found by members of a family who had gone to bury their daughter who died following premature birth,"

"After digging for a while, they found a pot and heard a baby crying. Soon, a police team reached the spot and the baby was sent to a hospital where she is undergoing treatment," he said.

"We are now trying to find the parents of the baby. We will take strict action against those who have buried the infant alive," he added.

Pooja, a relative of the mother of the dead baby said, "When my husband and another relative went to bury the dead baby they found an earthen pot after digging for a while. We could hear a baby crying from the pot.

"So they took her out and fed her milk. They also called the police and an ambulance immediately," she said.

Vimal Kumar NICU in-charge said, "The hospital staff have named the baby Sita. She is undergoing treatment here, she has not yet recovered fully."