Two women, who had kidnapped two boys from a city hospital, were arrested by the Special Cell on Tuesday. Both children have been rescued.
According to police, on Tuesday morning, Vinod Kumar, an ice-cream vendor, had informed police that his wife Jyoti and son Anshul had gone to Lady Hardinge Medical College to visit her ailing sister. Their son went missing from the hospital. Jyoti in her statement to police claimed that she suspected the involvement of a woman whom she had spotted loitering around the hospital.
Soon after Kumar’s complaint, DCP (Special Cell) Sanjeev Yadav said they received information about a woman who was planning to sell a ‘stolen child’ to a prospective buyer.
“We learnt that the woman, identified as Sunita (35), would be coming to Jhandewalan temple around 5 pm with the child she had kidnapped. We laid a trap and waited for her.
Around 6 pm, we spotted a woman with a child on the road opposite the temple, near the foot overbridge. Once our informer pointed the woman out to us, confirming her identity, we arrested her. We have rescued the child,” Yadav said.
During questioning, Sunita revealed that she had kidnapped the child on Tuesday morning. Yadav said based on details given by Sunita, another woman, Anita (38), was arrested from a furniture market near Panchkula on Wednesday.
“Anita told us that she had given a boy to Sunita about two years ago. That baby was stolen from RML hospital. For the last two years, Sunita had kept the child at her place. We are verifying the identity of this child whom we rescued from Sunita’s house. The other child has been given to his father on interim custody,” Yadav said.
Police said the two women were neighbours. Anita had allegedly asked Sunita to kidnap a five-year-old boy so that he could be sold to a ‘baba’ for a sum of Rs 1 lakh.