The district police, on Friday, arrested eight people, including parents and a buyer of the 2-day-old male child. The police claimed to have arrested them from the local bus stand when the buyer of the child allegedly reached here to get the baby as a deal had already been struck.
"The child was bought by Vikas Goyal from Panchkula for Rs 2.80 lakh through some conduits. The parents of the infant were promised Rs 70,000 while the rest of the amount Rs 2.10 lakh was to be equally shared by the conduits, who had helped strike the deal," said inspector Lakhbir Singh, in-charge of the crime investigation department (CIA), Faridkot.
Pirthi Singh and his wife Paramjit Kaur, residents of Bazigar Basti, Faridkot, had allegedly agreed to sell the two-day-old child to Vikas Goyal. Pirthi and Paramjit have already four children and belong to an economically backward class while Vikas is allegedly issueless.
The parents said that they were poor and were handing over the child to the man for proper care, it has been learnt.
The police arrested the accused when they were at the local bus stand and allegedly exchanging the money. The police also recovered the child and, after getting him medically examined at Guru Gobind Singh medical college and hospital, here handed his custody to Krishan Dham, a volunteer organisation in Faridkot.
As per sources, the Panchkula-based couple was earlier supposed to reach Ferozepur for the purpose, but, later on, the venue was shifted to Faridkot.
"The police have arrested Vikas Goyal, a Panchkula- based man, who wanted to buy the child; Pirthi Singh and Paramjit Kaur, parents of the infant, residents of Faridkot, besides the middle women Kulwinder Kaur, a resident of Moga, Parminder Kaur, a resident of Faridkot, Gurmeet Kaur, a resident of Jaitu town of Faridkot, Mamata, a resident of Barnala and one Jaspal Kaur," said Lakhbir Singh.
"The police have booked all of them under Section 370 of IPC(buying or disposing any persons as slave) and Section 2 of the human trafficking Act. Further investigation in the case is going on as it is a serious issue of selling an infant in which a gang is involved. The police would investigate the case from all angles," said Charanjeet Singh Sharma, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Faridkot.