Baby kidnapped from UP sold in Chennai; tests done to confirm biological parents
The child trafficking wing of the central crime branch (CCB) on Tuesday took the parents and the baby allegedly kidnapped from Uttar Pradesh and sold to a lawyer’s wife in Chetpet for Rs 50,000, to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH) to perform DNA tests on them to confirm the biological parents of the kidnapped child.
The couple, Amit Sharma (33) and his wife Jaya Sharma (29) hailing from Shahdara in New Delhi allegedly sold the baby with the help of another couple, Komal Varma (33) and her husband Ricky Varma (33) of Ghaziabad, who had kidnapped the child in Delhi and sold it to one Padmini, a resident of Chetpet. She had paid them Rs 50,000.
Both the couples were held by the anti-child trafficking unit of the city police at the Egmore railway station following investigation into the case of a woman who faked her pregnancy.
The issue came to light when Padmini’s husband, Yogesh Kumar lodged a complaint at the Kilapuk police station when he turned suspicious over his wife. According to police sources, last year, his wife had reportedly told Yogesh Kumar that she had given birth to a boy at the Government Hospital for Women and Children, Egmore. Before her husband reached the hospital, Ms Padmini came home with a baby.
Preliminary investigations revealed Amit and Jaya to be the actual parents of the child and later police personnel obtained permission from the court to perform a DNA test on the couple and the child to confirm them as the biological parents of the baby. The report will be handed over to police after three months.