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Want to buy a baby for Rs 2 lakh?

Three persons, including a woman, nabbed by cops near Birla Mandir in New Delhi for trying to sell a six-month-old infant for a hefty price

It's that time of the year when people, and even the government it seems, seek solace through some retail therapy; a little more than usual. And you won't believe what is on sale. Three persons including a woman were caught from in front of Birla Mandir in New Delhi for allegedly trying to sell a six-month-old infant for Rs 2 lakh.


In god's name! The deal took place outside Birla Mandir in New Delhi.
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A senior police official confirmed the incident and said that the woman is from Jharkhand who was selling the male baby to a decoy customer. Police had information about a gang that was providing babies to childless couples for big money.


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Elaborate trap
"Our decoy customer contacted a woman who used to fix the deals. She said that a male baby can be arranged for Rs 2 lakh and if we want a female baby the charges will be less. Finally a deal was struck," said a police source.

The source said that a day later the woman introduced two other people to the 'customer' (a female ASI posted with Mandir Marg police station). The trio said that they will give her the baby on Thursday. The ASI asked them to bring the male child near Birla Mandir.

However, the culprits got whiff that cops were tailing them. They came in the area with the child but turned back without intimating the 'customer'. The ASI contacted them to find out the reason. "They said that they were afraid of being caught. The lady cop assured them that the place was safe and police knew nothing about the matter. They then decided to meet on Friday," said the police official.

Cops prepared a few bundles with some waste paper and some genuine notes for the payment. The accused reached Birla Mandirat the appointed time. The ASI handed over the 'payment' and took possession of the baby.

Meanwhile a police team conducted a raid and arrested the three persons. "One of the accused is from West Bengal and was living in Laxmi Nagar, east Delhi. The woman, who is from Jharkhand, claims he is her husband. An FIR is being lodged in this respect at Mandir Marg police station of New Delhi district," said the police official.

Everything has a price!
MiD DAY had done a story last year when Delhi police arrested four people, including a doctor and two women, for selling infants to childless couples. An 11-day-old girl and a nine-month-old boy were recovered. Delhi police received information that a gang was active in the Capital that procured children and then sold them off.

Further probe revealed that a person named Pawan Sharma (38), a resident of Rohini Sec-3, would come to deliver a nine-month-old infant to Ranjeeta Bhasin (48), a resident of Shivaji Vihar, for sale of the child.

"With this information we laid a trap and successfully arrested Pawan and Ranjeeta and recovered the male child. During interrogation, they disclosed that about two months ago the male infant had been delivered to them in Delhi by a person from West Bengal.

The child was being handed over to Ranjeeta for finding customers. Ranjeeta also disclosed that she has been running two organisations named 'Nav Roshini Chetna Mahila Samiti' and 'Nav Jyoti Anathalya' at Raghubir Nagar in Delhi since 1998. She also disclosed that around ten days ago she had given a girl child to Shobha Gupta, a resident of Dwarka. This male child was also to be handed over to her.

We apprehended Shobha Gupta from her residence and she disclosed that since she runs an organisation by the name of 'Child Care' at Vashishtha Park. She further disclosed that a 38-year-old lady needed a child and she took the lady to a medical centre at Prashant Vihar.

There Dr Atul Kumar prepared documents to show that the lady was admitted at the medical centre and the girl child had been delivered by her. The accused Pawan, Ranjeeta, Shobha and Dr Atul Kumar have been arrested and the infants were handed over to 'Upvan Home', Safdarjang Enclave, Delhi," said a senior police official.

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