The police busted a child-trafficking racket operating from Bathinda with the arrest of seven people, including two registered medical practitioners (RMP), a nurse and an accredited social health activist (ASHA) worker.
The police have rescued a two-month-old girl child and recovered Rs 1.20 lakh from the accused. Superintendent of the police (SP) Gurmeet Singh said the gang used to target poor couples, lure them with money and sell their kids to well-off families for Rs 2 to Rs 2.5 lakh. The accused had sold three girls and the deal to sell another three was on, he added.
The police said Malkit Singh and Baljeet Singh, both RMPs, ASHA worker Reena Kaur and nurse Manpreet Kaur used to identify poor families having multiple kids and then used to pass on the information to a woman, identified as Babbu, the kingpin of the gang.
“Babbu used lure these families with money for giving one of their children to a well-off family for adoption,” the SP added.
Onece she got the custody of a child, she used to strike a deal with the buyers, the police officer said. “Following a complaint by one of the parents, the police laid a trap and arrested the accused,” the SP said.
The police have also arrested two persons, identified as Paramjeet Kaur and her brother Tarsem Singh of Faridkot, who came to buy a child.
A case under Section 370 (buying or disposing of any person as a slave) of the Indian Penal Code and the Child Care Protection Act has been registered against the accused.
A local court has remanded the accused in police custody till July 7, the SP said.