MEERUT: A 35-year-old man from Meerut has been held for allegedly selling his newborn boy for Rs 1 lakh even when the mother was admitted at the gynaecology ward of LLRM Medical College in Meerut.
A police team later recovered the child from a woman in Ghaziabad and handed the baby back to his mother at Meerut hospital on Tuesday.
Four people have been taken into custody in this matter, a police officer said.
Police said the child’s father, Rajesh Kumar, works as a daily wager and is an alcoholic. His wife Deepa Kumari, 30, delivered a baby boy on December 9 and the child went missing three days later. The matter was brought to the notice of the hospital staff and police by one of the hospital guards.
When other women patients didn’t notice the child they asked Deepa, but she couldn’t give a satisfactory reply, said a senior official at the medical college. He added that police were informed on Monday.
During investigation, the guard pointed out that he had seen Kumar counting a bundle of currency notes. A police team thereafter reached the hospital and took Kumar for questioning.
Police said Kumar broke down during interrogation and confessed to “have sold his baby boy to a person for Rs 1 lakh and had received Rs 82,000 in advance.”
Police say Kumar had struck a deal with a Ghaziabad-based woman with the help of a relative five days before the child’s birth. Confirming the incident, emergency medical officer at LLRM, Dr Divakar (goes by his first name only), said, “Kumar, a resident of Shergarhi, had admitted his wife at the hospital on December 9. On the same day, she delivered a baby boy.”





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