The city police on Thursday morning arrested three women, including mother-daughter, after recovering two newborn babies who had been kidnapped from Jalandhar and Ludhiana civil hospitals in the last few days.
A two-day-old girl was kidnapped from the Mother Child Hospital (MCH) of the Ludhiana Civil Hospital on Wednesday morning by a woman on the pretext of administering her polio drops, while a newborn male child was kidnapped by the same accused from the gynaecology ward of Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Civil Hospital on September 13.
Both the babies were traced by the police and have been handed over to their families by the police during a press conference held at police station-4.
The accused have been identified as Jyoti, her mother Seema, residents of Balmiki Mohalla in Basti Danishmanda and her aunt Rekha of Hargobind Nagar of city.
In a press conference, assistant commissioner of police (central) DD Sharma along with SHO Paramjeet Singh, said acting on a tip-off that a woman Rekha, who did not have any child from her marriage, was being seen with a newborn baby boy at her house, a police party raided her house and recovered the newborn baby boy on Tuesday late night.
The family of male child identified him from a black mark and a red colour thread tied on his wrist.
The official said when quizzed about the child, Rekha weaved a false story that she had brought the baby from one of her relative Seema in Basti Danishmandan, whose daughter Jyoti had given birth to twins (both girl and boy) in Ludhiana.
The police then raided the house of Seema who said her daughter was in Ludhiana and she would bring the second child to justify the claims of Rekha that Jyoti had delivered twins at Ludhiana hospital.
The cop further added that Jyoti reached at the police station with newborn baby but when police enquired from the hospital about Jyoti's delivery, the hospital authorities denied about the same.
After few hours of interrogation, the accused broke out and admitted to the crime.
The police said the boy was sold to Rekha of Rs 25000 and she had also paid Rs 2000 to Jyoti. The deal of girl was still to be matured. However, there were reports that the accused were planning to sell the baby for Rs 80,000.
However, before they could settle any deal, the girl was safely recovered from their possession and handed over her grandmother Phoola Devi who had arrived here with Ludhiana police.
One of the accomplices, Nirmal Kaur, was still absconding.