Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Three persons, including a woman, were arrested even as they were planning to sell a two-month-old baby after having purchased the little girl from her parents for Rs 5,000 [$102]. Shilpa Patel of Vadodara, Mansukh Rathod of Ved Road in Surat and Hasmukh alias Raju Solanki of Mumbai were booked for their alleged involvement in human trafficking of the two-month-old girl and were remanded in police custody by a local court. Police were tipped off by Manju Karia of Ashapuri Charitable Trust, Malad, Mumbai. Karia on Saturday called up Surat police to tell them that three people, who had bought a girl from her parents after paying them money, now planned to sell her. She told cops as she had not been contacted by the accused after they took custody of the baby and thus felt something fishy. The accused told police that the girl's parents had contacted them for help to send her to an orphanage as they were not in a position to raise her.