Grandad sells kid over Facebook for Rs 8 lakh, arrested (Update)

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LUDHIANA: A Ludhiana-based man has been arrested for allegedly selling his new-born grandchild to a Delhi businessman for Rs 8 lakh after lying to his daughter that the child was stillborn.

Police said Firoz had stuck the deal on Facebook with the help of a friend, an attendant and a nurse of a local hospital, where the child was born on April 9.

Firoz’s 20-year-old daughter, Noora, had filed a police complaint, accusing her father of taking away her newborn son on April 14 after lying to her that he was stillborn. She told the police that her husband had deserted her when she was five months pregnant.

The four were arrested on Tuesday and remanded in one-day police custody a day later. A police team has been sent to Delhi to question the businessman, Amit Kumar.

The child, reported to be in a healthy condition, was rescued from Delhi and returned to his mother.

Ludhiana additional deputy commissioner of police N K Sharma identified the other three as Irfan, Gurpreet Singh and Sunita. He said Gurpeet, the attendant, had fixed the deal on Facebook with Kumar, who has been booked for buying the child.

“We are checking if the deal was indeed struck on Facebook. If it is established, we would add sections under the Information Technology Act in the case,” added Sharma.

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