The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested a doctor and three others for allegedly running a child adoption racket in the national Capital, on Monday.
The police claimed to have busted the racket with the arrest of Dr Atul Kumar, Pawan Sharma, 38, Shobha Gupta, 38, and Ranjita Bhasin, 48. The gang used to buy children from various parts of the country and sell them to childless couples for a huge sum, police said.
Two infants were also rescued from these people at the time of arrest. “We have rescued an 11-day-old girl and an eight-month-old boy from their custody,” said Ashok Chand, DCP (crime).
While Kumar is a resident of Paschim Vihar area of west Delhi, Sharma lives in north Delhi’s Rohini area. The two other accused are women. The arrested women operated from Madhu Vihar in Dwarka and Shivaji Vihar areas.
Sharma, along with Bhasin, was nabbed near Shivaji Vihar on Sunday evening, when he was about to hand over a baby boy to her.
During interrogation, the two disclosed the names of others involved in the racket. Gupta and Kumar were arrested on Monday. “We were on their trail for past one month,” said Chand.
Bhasin, who had been running two shelter homes since 1998, had given an infant girl to Gupta 10 days ago, and had gone to procure the boy when she was arrested. Gupta had been running an organisation called Child Care since 2004. They had bought the baby girl for
Rs 30,000, and planned to sell her for Rs 1, 80,000.
These people would approach Kumar to prepare false documents such as birth certificates of the kidnapped babies besides admission and discharge papers of their ‘mothers’ from his medical centre.
For this particular deal, Sharma, who procured children got Rs 25, 000, Bhasin received Rs 10,000, Gupta Rs 75,000 and Kumar was given Rs 20,000. A sum of Rs 20,000 was given to Anupama Lal, who runs Bal Vihar, allegedly helps these people.