Faridkot(Pb): Faridkot district police today claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of seven members and recovered a 2-day-old infant who was allegedly being sold to Panchkula based couple for Rs 2.80 lakh. Acting on a tip-off, police arrested the buyer when he allegedly reached the bus top to take the infant here yesterday. The gang of seven members, including four women and parents of the infant were also arrested, they claimed.

According to SSP Charnjit Sharma, Paramjit Kaur and her husband Pirthi Singh of Bazighar Basti were going to sell their child to a couple from Panchkula. After the infant was examined at Guru Gobind Medical College and Hospital, he was handed over to Krishan Dham, a local NGO. The middlemen have been identified as Kulwinder Kaur of Moga, Parminder Kaur of Faridkot, Gurmeet Kaur of Jaitu and Mamta from Barnala, he said. Out of the Rs 2.80 lakh deal, the child’s parents were suppose to get Rs 70,000 and the middlemen were to get the rest, police said. Vikas Goyal, the buyer from Panchkula has also been held, SSP said. A case under Section 370 of IPC (buying or disposing of any person as a save) and Section 2 of the Human Trafficking Act has been registered, he said.

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