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Ludhiana: Newborn boy sold for Rs 8 lakh through Facebook


Jyoti Kamal,CNN-IBN
Apr 24, 2013 at 03:56pm IST

Ludhiana: In a shocking incident, a newborn baby boy was sold to a Delhi businessman through Facebook in Ludhiana. The Delhi businessman bought the newborn boy for Rs 8 lakh in Ludhiana.

The baby was allegedly sold by his grandfather Feroze Khan with the help of a nurse and another hospital employee on April 10. The baby's mother, Noorie, filed police complaint after she couldn't find the baby.

Four people, including the baby's grandfather, have been arrested for the sale that happened in Ludhiana. The police have also booked Amit Kumar of Delhi, the "buyer" of the child and raided his residence in the national capital from where the child was recovered and later handed over to his mother, he added.

Hospital employee Gurpreet Singh is alleged to have shown the picture of the baby on the internet before finalising the deal with the Delhi-based businessman for Rs 8 lakh. The police said that during the preliminary investigations it was revealed by Feroze Khan that since Noorie had been deserted by her husband, he (Khan) wanted to arrange her second marriage. "So Khan thought he should get rid off the child of her daughter from her first husband by selling him off," Ludhiana Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh said.

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