When the entire world was observing the International Women's Day on Thursday, in a shocking incident locals found three foetuses packed in three plastic jars in a drain at Biju Patnaik Chhak here.

It was not immediately known whether the foetuses are of female or male. The district administration ordered a thorough investigation into the incident by a committee headed by the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO). The place from where the foetuses were found is surrounded by several private hospitals.

“The cases of abandoning of newborn girls are now rampant in Cuttack,” alleged the people saying two newborns were found abandoned at the railway station, while another was traced near SCB Medical College and Hospital.