A month-old infant who was sold twice has landed in an orphanage as the police have failed to trace his parents despite having busted the child-selling racket.
The Muslim boy brought from Muzaffarnagar to be sold to a Sikh woman has been named Anshuman by Yadavindra Bal Niketan, the orphanage where he was sent by police after they failed to trace his parents.
Veena Bakshi, caretaker of the orphanage, said the boy could be adopted only after the verdict of the case as many couples had come forward to adopt him.
According to rules, he has to stay in the orphanage till either the police identify his parents or the trial of the case, which is yet to begin, concludes.
The Muzaffarnagar couple, who sold it to a midwife, were not found to be his biological parents. "The infant may be the son of an unmarried couple of Muzaffarnagar," said ASI Simarajit Singh, who investigated the matter.
Salma who, along with her husband, was arrested from Muzaffarnagar for impersonating as mother of the infant, turned out to be a gang member of the child-selling racket. In her fifties, she tried to mislead the police that she had given birth to the child and later sold him for his better future. However, the medical examination proved her wrong.
Salma had sold the infant to Usha, a midwife, who was arrested when she was selling the infant to decoy customer, advocate Harmeet Brar, during the HT sting operation on January 4.
The questioning of Salma had led to a dead end as she had got the child from an unmarried woman, who wanted to abandon him.
In the sting operation, the police had arrested Usha, the midwife, Salma and her husband Sahil Mohammad, who sold the boy to Usha and two other women.
Meanwhile, the police have added sections 370, 371 and 379 of the IPC to the FIR registered for kidnapping and selling the child at the Civil Lines police station. The police are preparing the challan and will request for a speedy trial for an early disposal of the case.