Ten people were arrested in Delhi for allegedly running a child-selling racket and five infants were rescued, police said on Sunday.
According to police, a 24-page charge-sheet was filed in a city court against the 10 people on November 14.
Acting on a tip-off, two police personnel, posed as childness couple, met one of the accused on August 14 in Delhi, said police.
“A woman sub-inspector Preeti and head constable Rajesh posed as husband and wife and met one of the accused Mohammad Jahangir,” the charge-sheet said.
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The accused, Jahangir, according to report, demanded a sum of Rs 4.30 lakh for a baby and later the final amount was decided at Rs 3.30 lakh after negotiations.
“He asked the couple to get the money in an hour and told the two that his accomplices Jyoti and Rahul will bring the child near a bank in Naraina Vihar,” the charge-sheet said.
Soon after the baby was handed over to police personnel, Jahangir was arrested, it said.
The recovered infant, a 10-12-day-old baby boy, from his possession was admitted to a nearby hospital, where he died on August 26, police said.
After his arrest, a team led by inspector Abhinendra Jain arrested seven more persons, including two women, in connection with the case.
Jyoti and Rahul were among the arrested persons and during interrogation, they told police that the baby was bought from Mithila, a resident of New Friends Colony.
Subsequently, Mithila was arrested and police later learned about one Jitendar Kumar, who was also involved in the racket.
Kumar told police about one Kavita who had bought a five to seven days’ old infant from a woman agent named Parveen for Rs 4 lakh and later sold the child to a chemist named Balbir Singh for Rs 5 lakh, the charge-sheet said.
More arrests were made but Kavita continued to remain elusive. A non-bailable warrant was issued against her by a city court on September 10.
Later, a lookout circular was also issued against her and she surrendered on September 20.
The charge-sheet was filed under various sections of the IPC pertaining to kidnapping, trafficking, forgery of record of court or of public register and the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.
(With PTI inputs)