The city police busted a child-trafficking racket during a sting operation conducted with the help of a non-government organisation (NGO) late on Thursday night. Cops arrested two doctors of the city-based sperm bank and four others for trying to sell a four-month-old boy for Rs 5 lakh at Baj Celebration hotel on Garha road here.
Dr Ramandeep Kaur, 29, of Banga’s Patti Mattwali village, Dr Vishal Bhanot, 45, of Urban Estate, Phase-2, Seema, 28, of Baba Bakala, Amritsar, Harjinder Kaur, 30, of Sangat Singh Nagar, baby’s maternal grandmother Asha, 50, and grandfather Brij Mohan, 55, of Madhuban Colony in Basti Bawa Khel of the city, were taken into custody. Dr Reena, who works in Jaswant Hospital near Dakoha railway crossing, and Nakodar based Jyoti are yet to be caught.
The baby Navjot’s mother Jyoti, 35, is a divorcee. Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Harjit Singh said Jyoti’s parents wanted her to remarry, and hence wanted to sell the baby. Mediators Harjinder and Seema are egg donors and have sold eggs for Rs 15,000 thrice before.
Acting on a tip-off, the police sent two representatives of the NGO Punjab Human Rights Organisation as Delhi-based infertile decoy couple to Dr Raman’s centre on Wednesday morning. They struck a deal of Rs 5 lakh in the hotel room where the couple had told Kaur about their stay. Dr Ramandeep, Dr Vishal, Harjinder, and Seema reached there on Thursday late night accompanying Jyoti’s parents and the baby and were arrested by the cops in civvies.
The accused have been booked under Section 370 (buying or disposing of any person as a slave) of the Indian Penal Code. Out of the “hefty” deal amount, the parents were to get Rs 2 lakh and remaining was to be distributed among the doctors and donors.
ANOTHER CHILD SOLD
Addressing a press conference here, the DCP said, “The egg donors have confessed to have sold one more child before and named Dr Reena as an accomplice. We are verifying the information.”