Bengaluru: The Tilak Nagar police have arrested a group of four persons, including a woman, who allegedly kidnapped a one-and-half-year-old boy and sold him to a Belagavi resident for Rs. 80,000.
The police said that the child, identified as Subhan Khan, was kidnapped when his mother Ayesha took him to the Jayanagar General Hospital to get him treated for fever. There, Ayesha met a distant relative, who has now been identified as Ghouse Peer.
The police said that Peer kidnapped the child on the pretext of buying him chocolate. Later, he asked his friend Anwar and his wife Firdose to pose as Subhan’s parents and take him to Madanapalli in Andhra Pradesh. There, they met Peer’s contact Adil, a mobile phone dealer. The police said it was Adil, who had asked Peer to find a child that could be adopted by a childless couple.
The four accused – Peer, Anwar, Firdose and Adil – went to Belagavi and sold the child to a small-time businessman identified as Rizwan, who was childless and was looking to adopt one.
Meanwhile, following the complaint filed by Ayesha, a special police team was formed to track Subhan’s kidnappers. The team found that the child had been kidnapped by Peer. They monitored his mobile phone call records and tracked Adil, who confessed upon interrogation. The police team then arrested Anwar, Firdose and Rizwan.
Following the arrests, the child was rescued and has now been reunited with his parents.
The four arrested have now been remanded in judicial custody. Efforts are on to nab Peer, who is the main accused, and two of his associates Hasan and Babajan, who are all absconding, police added.