Shocking! Toddler kidnapped, put up for sale on WhatsApp

Jul 04, 2017, 05:58 IST | mid-day online correspondent

A two-and-a-half year old boy was allegedly kidnapped from outside Delhi's Jama Masjid and put up on sale for sale on messaging app WhatsApp for a price tag of Rs. 1.8 lakh...

Toddler kidnapped, put up for sale on WhatsApp

A two-and-a-half year old boy was allegedly abducted from outside Delhi’s Jama Masjid and put up for sale by three women recently. One of the women even allegedly uploaded the picture of the child on WhatsApp for sale at a price of Rs. 1.8 lakh.

According to a Times of India report, the little boy was kidnapped and taken to six different places across the capital. Police said that all the three women brought the child in succession and tried at sell him at a 'better' price tag.

Police got hint of the crime when one of the potential 'buyers' saw the child’s photo on WhatsApp and raised an alarm. Getting scared of being caught, one of the criminals left the child at a temple in Raghubir Nagar. Though she called the police and pretended to be an honest citizen, yet police traced the gang by contacting one of them for a reward. All the kidnappers, identified as Radha (40), Sonia (24), Saroj (34), and Jaan Mohammad (40) have been traced and arrested.

One of the accused, Jaan Mohammad admitted that he kidnapped the child from outside Gate 1 of Jama Masjid and while his parents were getting ready for prayer. He took him to Radha’s house, who sold the boy to Sonia for Rs. 1 lakh. Sonia further sold him to Saroj 1.10 lakh. It was Saroj who posted the photo of the child on WhatsApp.

Mandeep Singh Randhawa, DCP, central, told to the website, "We had received a complaint about the missing child and had registered a case of kidnapping.A team led by SHO Jama Masjid Anil Kumar was formed to track him down.When we received a tip-off from the informer, raids were conducted and the gang nabbed."

After police got in touch with local cable operators, the later on-aired the photo of the child and raised an alarm. The women kidnappers are suspected to be a part of illegal adoption and surrogacy racket.

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