Ludhiana: In a major crackdown, the Shimlapuri police claimed to have busted a child trafficking gang with the arrest of two midwives and their accomplice on Tuesday. The police claimed that the accused has sold a child to a couple from Chandigarh for Rs 1.50 lakh.
The child is presently undergoing treatment at PGIMER, Chandigarh. The accused were identified as Ajit Singh of Shimlapuri, Sharanjit Kaur of Shaheed Bhagat Nagar, Dhandran Road and Shakuntala Rani of Basant Nagar in Daba area. Giving information, SHO at police station Shimlapuri Sub Inspector Sanjeev Kapoor said that they accused have purchased the baby from a woman resident of Dhandran Road and sold it to a Chandigarh-based couple.
The mother of victim is a labourer and was in a need of money. Kapoor further said that the accused have confessed their crime and now they have launched manhunt for the arrest of the couple who had bought the baby.He added that both arrested women were ‘unauthorised’ midwives and are not registered with the State Health Department. The police are also scanning the record of the accused. Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against the accused under Section 370 (human trafficking) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Task force rescues three child labourers
Ludhiana: The Task Force formed to rescue child laborers rescued three child labourers from a factory located in Sunder Nagar area on Tuesday. The two teams were formed to conduct raids at different places and Team A rescued 3 child laborers while Team B returned empty-handed. These rescued child labourers were below 14 years and were getting very meager salaries. The victims were handed over to their parents and guardians by the Child Welfare Committee. The medical examination of children was conducted at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital. The Task Force comprised of Factory Department, Health Department, District Child Protection Unit, Labour Department, Anti-Human Trafficking Wing of the Police Department and NGO Bachpan Bachao Aandolan (BBA). On Monday also, four child labourers were rescued from different places.
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