Mysuru: Stringent action has been taken action against two hospitals for their direct involvement in the child trafficking racket, S P Ravi D Chennanavar said.
Addressing the media, he said the police swung into action based on a complaint lodged by a mother who lost her child which eventually led to the busting of the child sale racket. Among the 11 arrested, Ravi, Ashok and Shankar have criminal antecedents. In all, 16 children have been rescued till date and efforts are on to rescue five more children, SP clarified.
Parents of four rescued children have been traced till date he said and added that those children would be handed over to their respective parents after DNA tests. “Action has been initiated to rescue the child sold to a couple in US”, Ravi Channnanavar said.
The children were sold for amounts ranging from Rs 1 Lakh to 4 lakhs and the rates depended on the physical appearance, SP clarified.
Pregnant women walking into hospitals seeking abortion were lured and few others were trapped by offering money, SP said.
Poor and destitute women were targeted and children of those who refused to comply fell into the hands of kidnappers. Hospital staff from Aravind and Naseema hospitals was directly involved and hence process has been initiated to cancel their licenses, SP said.
‘Accused in child sale racket are history-sheeters’
According to the SP, main accused Ravichandra, Ashok and Shankar are involved in five extortion, eight robberies and 13 other criminal cases in different police stations limits within the city. The recovered items include Rs 28 Lakh worth of jewellery, four cars, three televisions, bikes, laptops, eight expensive watches and Rs 1.5 Lakh cash. The total value of recovery comes to about Rs. 57 Lakh.
The police team which helped in busting the child sale racket has been rewarded with Rs 1 Lakh, SP said.