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Newborn’s abduction: Five gang members arrested

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Aparna Banerji

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 22

A woman sanitation worker, along with an organised gang, was found guilty of abducting a newborn from the Jalandhar Civil Hospital two days ago.

The Police Commissionerate on Saturday arrested two women and three men (including a panchayat member and a sanitation employee of the Civil Hospital) for abducting the newborn baby from the hospital. The baby has safely been rescued and handed over to his parents.

The accused have been identified as Gurpreet Singh Gopi (22) panchayat member of Maheru village, Gurpreet Singh Peeta (24), Ranjeet Singh Rana (25), Davinder Kaur of Khurshaidpur Colony in Nakodar and Kiran (28) of Lamba Pind. Kiran was working as a sanitation employee at the Civil Hospital for the past seven years. Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the accused were to sell the baby for about Rs4 lakh and distribute the amount equally among them.

A case under Section 363 of the IPC was filed on August 20 at division number 4 police station after a complaint by the parents.

Expressing apprehensions of the gang's involvement in previous crimes, the CP said the accused would further be grilled to know about more persons involved in this racket and also to whom they were going to sell the newborn. The CP said one of the accused, Davinder Kaur, used to arrange the deals of egg donation by women for the families having no child.

Bhullar said the accused would be taken into police custody and grilled to know about more persons involved in the racket and to whom they were going to sell the newborn.

As per the preliminary interrogation, accused Gurpreet Singh Gopi and Gurpreet Singh Peeta reached the rear side of the Civil Hospital in a Bolero (PB08-CG-2473) at 12.40 pm on August 20 and were constantly in touch with the three other accused — Ranjeet, Davinder Kaur and Kiran — over phone. They later came inside the Mother and Child Centre of the hospital.

Once they entered, Kiran abducted the baby from the paediatric ward and gave him to Gurpreet Singh Gopi and Gurpreet Singh Peeta near the stairs, from where they quickly got to the Bolera and disappeared from the spot immediately. The CP said both accused handed over the newborn to Davinder Kaur and Ranjeet Rana at Gandra-Pandori Road. The police team carried out a detailed probe and arrested Gurpreet Singh Gopi from his office, while others were nabbed from their homes. The newborn baby was safely recovered from a room, where Ranjeet Rana and Davinder Kaur were living, he said.

Police Commissioner said: "The crime was conducted in an organised manner and investigation is on to know the extent of the gang and its members. The investigation is at its preliminary stage."

Activist submits memorandum

Social activist and member of the District Health Planning and Monitoring Committee Surinder Saini has submitted a memorandum to the Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner on the issue seeking a high-level inquiry into the case. Saini said: "While the parents of the child were engaged in completeing the hospital formalities, the child was being stolen from the paediatric ward. The parents made the complaint to the police even though it is the duty of the doctor/MS concerned to report the case, as the mother and newborn hadn't been discharged yet. The police immediately swung into action, but no CCTV camera was available in the ward and the police took the footage from the market in and around the hospital. We, the members of health and monitoring committee, request for a high-level inquiry in the matter and look into the role of the MS."



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