A local court on Wednesday sent three, including a doctor, arrested here on Monday as part of a recently busted child-trafficking racket, to the Kapurthala jail. They had allegedly sold a baby boy four times within a few days of his birth Police produced the accused — Dr Reena of Jaswant Hospital near Dakoha, Manpreet Kaur of Sirhind in Fatehgarh Sahib, and Jyoti of Nakodar — in a local court and did not seek their further custody.
Dr Reena’s defence requested the court for medical examination of his client as she complained of uneasiness after which the court asked the cops to do the needful.
The city police have so far failed to trace the baby boy, who had been passed to an Uttrakhand couple for Rs 4.5 lakh. A Mithu Basti woman, Saroj had sold the baby to Jyoti for Rs 3.3 lakh through neighbourhood contact Kuldeep Kaur.
Jyoti passed on the infant to Dr Reena for Rs 3.5 lakh, the doctor sold it to Manpreet Kaur for Rs 4.10 lakh, and then it reached the couple.
Till Wednesday, the police had got the details of Bittu, a relative of Manpreet Kaur, who had sold the boy to his sister-inlaw in the hill state.
Bittu is reportedly undergoing treatment for Hepatitis C in Delhi and a team would quiz him to know the whereabouts of the couple.
Bittu, Kuldeep and Saroj have also been nominated in this case by the police. On July 17, two more women — Dr Ramandeep Kaur, 29, of Banga’s Patti Mattwali village, and Seema, 28, of Baba Bakala in Amritsar district, were sent to the Kapurthala jail in a the case. Dr Vishal Bhanot, 45, of Jalandhar’s Urban Estate Phase-2 and Harjinder Kaur, 30, of Sangat Singh Nagar were the other accused arrested in a case of selling a four-monthold boy for Rs 5 lakh at Hotel Baj Celebration on the Garha road here on July 14.
The baby’s maternal grandmother, Asha, 50, and grandfather, Brij Mohan, 55, of Madhuban Colony in Jalandhar’s Basti Bawa Khel area were also taken into custody.
Dr Ramandeep Kaur is general manager of he City ART Services sperm bank and surrogacy clinic running from a rented accommodation in Jalandhar’s Gian Nagar locality.