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Chandigarh: A 30-year-old woman has recorded a statement with Sector 31 police team against an ASHA worker, named Sarabjit Kaur. The woman’s two-day-old infant son was recovered from a child lifter gang.

The woman had delivered twins, one of which was stillborn. Sarabjit Kaur had reportedly taken away the infant citing that the baby was weak and had to be taken to the doctor. She later did not pick up the baby’s mother’s calls. The accused came to the city with four other accused from Malerkotla in Sangrur district on August 3, in order to sell the baby to a fake customer, planted by police, for a sum of Rs 4 lakh.

The baby’s mother did not lodge a complaint in Sangrur as she was poor and illiterate, state sources. The five accused, namely Amarjit Singh, a constable at Balongi police station, Mohali; Mandeep Singh, a Ludhiana resident; Sarabjit Kaur, a resident of Sangrur; Kuldeep Kaur, a Patiala resident; and Bhavna, a resident of Sector 45; were arrested near Chandigarh-Zirakpur barrier.

An 11-day-old baby girl has also been recovered based on the gang’s revelation. The gang used to sell baby girls for Rs 80,000- 1 lakh while they sold the baby boy for Rs 4 lakh.

Ravinder Kumar, an informer, contacted the gang on the directions of the police to purchase a baby boy. The deal was finalized for Rs 4 lakh and Kumar asked for the boy on Rakshabandhan. While the gang initially did not agree to come to the city, it later agreed. All the accused were in the constable’s car.

A case has been registered under Sections 370 and 120B of the Indian Penal Code against the accused and a 7-day police remand has been obtained for further interrogation.(TOI)

Source: The Times of India

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