The Punjab Police Monday arrested Delhi resident Amit Kumar accused of buying a new-born in Ludhiana through a contact on social networking site Facebook.
Kumar,a resident of old Rajinder Nagar in New Delhi,was nabbed after he reached Ludhiana to seek anticipatory bail in the case. With this,police have arrested all the accused in the case,including the grandfather who put the infant on the sale.
However,the police said that Kumar claimed that he is not a businessman but the driver of a school van and had paid only Rs 70,000 to buy the infant and not Rs 8 lakh as reported in some sections of the media.
In his statement to the police,Kumar claimed that he bought the infant as his wife couldnt bear a child even after he spent huge amounts of money on her treatment.
Kumar said that he was in touch with Gurpreet Singh,the attendant at Ludhianas Satyam Hospital,on Facebook.
Gurpreet had mentioned himself as a doctor on the Facebook,so I explained my problem and asked him to help me in adopting a child, police,quoting Kumar,said.
Kumar had visited Ludhiana on April 10 to get the infant after Gurpreet sent him pictures of the newborn on the networking site. The monetary deal was struck at the house of Sunita Rani,a nurse at the Satyam Hospital,where Feroze Khan,the infants maternal grandfather,had brought the child,born on April 9,SHO Balwinder Singh said.
However later,the infants mother,Noora,lodged a complaint with the police when hours after she delivered the child,she was told that it was a stillborn. She doubted that her father (Feroze Khan) might have sold the infant.
The police registered a case on April 15 and on April 20 arrested Khan,his friend Irfhan Khan,Gurpreet Singh and Sunita Rani. The infant too was recovered the same day from Gangaram Hospital in Delhi,ADCP NK Sharma said.
Meanwhile,Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh said,Kumar will be produced in the court on Tuesday. We will seek police remand of the accused so as to find more details.