Refreshing the memories of baby selling racket operating in the state, in a shocking incident, a new born baby boy was allegedly sold for Rs 7,500 to meet out the expenses of his unmarried mother’s last rites in Coimbatore.
Police said Anand Raj, the deceased woman’s sister’s husband, sent the body to her native village in Mayiladuthurai by an ambulance. He then allegedly sold the infant for Rs 7,500 to a couple identified as Rajan and Selvi in Sulur area.
The couple in-turn gave the baby to their relative Manimegalai at Avinashipalayam in Tirupur district. Acting on a tip off, the staff of the Child Line lodged a complaint at Sulur police station on Thursday.
Following this, police inquired Selvi, who bought the baby from Anand Raj. He confessed to have spent the money received by selling the baby for paying for the ambulance and to conduct the last rites for the woman.
Police are also trying to trace the man, who was behind the pregnancy of the deceased woman.
Joseph Rahman Kennedy, a staff of Child Line, said that Selvi had informed police that she will bring the baby to the station on Friday. “The infant will be handed over to the Child Welfare Committee. We will ensure that prompt action is taken against those involved in the baby selling racket,” he said.