Balasore: A man allegedly abandoned his one-year-old daughter under a tree at Mendhagadia village under Soro block in Balasore district on Saturday evening.
He was identified as Kailash Chandra Sahoo, a resident of Itua village.
According to sources, Kailash had married the daughter of one Mayadhar Dey of the same village. He was reportedly upset after his wife delivered a baby girl and had been staying with his in-laws in the village for the last two days.
On the fateful evening, Kailash forcibly snatched the child from his wife and dumped her under a tree on Navodaya Vidyalaya road while returning from a hospital where the couple had gone with the baby for checkup.
After returning home, the woman informed the matter to her father, who rushed to the spot in search the baby but was unable to trace her. However, the infant was spotted by some locals around 7 pm.
Irked over the incident, the villagers thrashed Kailash black and blue for his inhuman act.
On being informed, police reached the place but failed to catch hold of the accused as he had fled the village.