With the arrest of nine persons, including two women, the Delhi Police claimed to have busted a human trafficking racket operating in the capital and also rescued a toddler.
Investigation revealed the gang had sold close to 10 children in the past one year. Police said they have verified the details of four cases. “During questioning, the accused persons said they used to abduct children and sell them off, mostly to childless couples. We are looking into the nexus,” said DCP (northwest) Vijay Singh.
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According to police, the arrested persons have been identified as Hemant, Rakesh, Poonam, Anita, Sonu, Kundan, Vijay, Rehan and Raju.
“All nine were arrested in the past 48 hours and the toddler kidnapped from Swaroop Nagar has been rescued,” said a senior officer.
The racket came to light when police began investigating the abduction of the child from northwest Delhi’s Swaroop Nagar area Tuesday. “The boy’s father, Shakil, told police that his son was kidnapped in broad daylight by two men on a motorcycle. Police tracked down the men. On questioning them, they revealed details of the racket, leading to the arrests of the others,” added the officer.
Police said the gang had kidnapped another child from outer Delhi’s Alipur last week. “Police are also investigating if the gang is involved in trafficking of human organs and whether they operated in other states. More arrests are likely soon,” said an officer.