The Madhya Pradesh police will use DNA testing to establish paternity of the trafficked newborns sold in an inter-state ‘baby sale racket’.
The police have quizzed over 50 persons including ASHA workers, doctors, middlemen and hospital staff in connection with the case so far.
Progress in locating the parents of two of the five babies has been made, they said.
The newborn trafficking racket was busted on April 18 in Gwalior when crime branch sleuths, acting on a tip-off, raided Palash nursing home and found two newborns with no record of their birth.
These babies were abandoned by unmarried mothers after delivery or by impoverished couples.
Initial investigation revealed that out of five newborns, two were sold, two were recovered from the nursing home and one was illegally adopted by the owner of Plash nursing home TK Gupta.
Town inspector Ravindra Singh said the trafficked babies include two from Bhind, one each from Datia and Gwalior districts respectively. The details about the whereabouts of fifth child are being investigated, said Singh.
Even after 22 days of the police raid, no major breakthrough has been made in the case so far.
Sources in the police said that due to a large number of police personnel deployed for duty at Simhastha, the pace of investigation in the case had comparatively slowed.
Regional coordinator of women and child department (WCD) Suresh Tomar told HT that the adoption process of the baby girl by TK Gupta was illegal and the police and health department should take steps for handing her over to a designated childcare home.
“We will also write a letter to the police and health department in this regard”, said Tomar.