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Grandparents among 7 held for kidnapping, selling 6-week-old baby for Rs 4 lakh in Punjab

The police zeroed in on the infant’s grandparents on the basis of footage from the hospital’s CCTV cameras.

punjab Updated: Oct 10, 2019 09:53 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Patiala
The accused sold a 6-week-old baby for Rs 4 lakh, wherein grandparents of the infant are among the accused as they were paid Rs 1 lakh for the deal.
The accused sold a 6-week-old baby for Rs 4 lakh, wherein grandparents of the infant are among the accused as they were paid Rs 1 lakh for the deal.(Getty Images/Blend Images)
         

Patiala district police arrested seven persons, including five women, on charges of kidnapping and trafficking a baby, on Wednesday. Police said two of the accused were charged under same sections in 2014.

The accused sold a 6-week-old baby for Rs 4 lakh, wherein grandparents of the infant are among the accused as they were paid Rs 1 lakh for the deal.

Police recovered the baby boy, who was handed over by his grandparents to Saroj Bala, an attendant at Rajindra hospital, on October 2 in exchange for money.

The accused have been identified as Sakai Ram, infant’s grandfather, his wife Krishna, Saroj Bala and her contacts—Mamta of Barnala, Kamlesh Rani of Mansa, Seema of Saharanpur, Usha of Amritsar and Pankaj Goyal of Sangrur, to whom the child was sold.

SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu said Rakesh Kumar of Meerapur village complained that his child was kidnapped when his parents, Sakai Ram and Krishna, took him to Rajindra hospital to visit the paediatrician on October 2 in Patiala. The couple also have a three-year-old daughter.

In a meticulous investigation, police minutely combed the hospital’s CCTV footage.

“On the basis of CCTV cameras footage, we zeroed-in on the child’s grandparents,” he said. SSP said the accused Sakai Ram had deposed that he met Saroj Bala, an attendant at government Rajindra hospital.

“Saroj hatched the plan of selling the child and introduced the idea to Sakai Ram. After his consent, Saroj contacted Mamta, Kamlesh, Seema and Usha and asked them to find customers for the baby boy,” the SSP said. Usha informed Saroj about Pankaj Goyal of Sangrur, who wished for a child.

“They contacted Pankaj on October 3 and settled the deal at Rs 4 lakh. After Pankaj paid, they gave the child to him,” the SSP said. DSP Yogesh Sharma said Rs 1.94 lakh has been recovered from the accused.

He said two of the accused, Usha and Seema, had been charged under same sections in 2014, wherein a case was registered at civil lines police station, but the accused were acquitted in 2016 by local court, he said.

“It is a shocking case. The baby’s grandparents were given Rs 1 lakh. The baby is now back with parents,” Sharma said.

A case has been registered against all the accused under sections 363A (Kidnapping a minor for purposes of begging), 369 (Kidnapping) and 370 (Trafficking of persons) of IPC.

First Published: Oct 09, 2019 22:59 IST

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