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Gang helps south Mumbai woman sell baby in Hyd

MUMBAI: The city police have busted a toddler trafficking racket via arresting four individuals, three of them ladies, who had offered a new child boy to a Hyderabad couple. The police raided the couple's home and rescued the baby and at the moment are attempting to determine who his parents are and whether or not he was stolen from a clinic. An investigation is on to determine if the couple, on their phase, adopted child adoption norms; they're but to be questioned via the police.

The kingpin of the racket, Huma Dalvi (32), is a habitual wrongdoer who was arrested via the Wadala police in 2017 for a similar offence. This time, along with her, the VP Road police have arrested two accomplices, Sarika Jadhav (23) and Mahesh Prasad (52), and also a lady, Mahi Singh (22), who claimed to be the boy's mother. All have been booked underneath a number of sections of the IPC, together with trafficking of a minor, and underneath the Juvenile Justice Act. Police are looking for another girl, Sujata, who's allegedly a part of the group, and Mahi's husband, Jasvinder. Call element records of all accused are being looked at for info on who else may have been a part of the racket, together with past or prospective baby patrons.

The racket came to gentle after Mahi, a housewife from Khetwadi, Girgaum, lodged a criticism on the VP Road police station on Thursday that three individuals had forcibly taken away her new child and offered him in Hyderabad. She said she had first of all offered the newborn, but then changed her mind. "We dispatched a team to that city," said a police officer probing the case. "Sujata, who we are yet to trace, negotiated between the gang and Mahi. The boy was sold to the Hyderabad couple for Rs 2.8 lakh, of which Mahi received Rs 2.1 lakh."

Police traced the couple, Nitin and Niru Agarwal, and learnt Huma had prepared an "agreement" between them and the Singhs. "In preparing it, Huma didn't follow the law and bypassed adoption procedures," said an officer. "Also the Singhs' Aadhaar cards, copies of which were attached to documents in which they claimed to be the boy's parents, were found to be forged. We believe Mahi and her husband gave a false representation that the boy was theirs. We believe the baby has been stolen from a hospital."

In October 2016, Huma was arrested, along with an associate, Julia Fernandes. The Wadala Truck Terminal police raided Fernandes's home and rescued a 14-day-old boy, kept on the market. The duo's interrogation led the police to a number of medical doctors, IVF clinics and unlawful abortion centres in Navi Mumbai, together with Panvel, and Nalasopara. The police found that the duo had offered six small children. Huma's modus operandi was to look for couples who wanted to abort. She would convince them to stay the newborn and sell it to them for Rs 20,000-50,000. She and her agents extensively utilized to find ladies for surrogacy and make them IVF centres.

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