Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, June 1:
With their parents among the six persons arrested Saturday in the case pertaining to the alleged sale of an infant in Odisha’s Puri district, five siblings including the 24-day-old infant who was rescued after being allegedly sold to a childless couple are left uncared for in a slum.
Nimapada police Saturday arrested six persons, including the poor parents of the baby boy, on charges of selling the infant for Rs 15,000, said ASP Jagannath Pradhan.
The six arrested, including the baby’s parents, a woman, her daughter, son-in-law and the infant’s uncle, were produced by the police today before the court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) at Nimapada who remanded them to judicial custody, Pradhan said.
Police had Saturday rescued the infant boy and seized Rs 14,000 from Trinath Naik (60), his father, a rickshaw puller who stayed in a slum near the Nimapada block office.
Naik and his 32-year-old wife have five children – three daughters and two sons – aged between 24-days to 11 years.
Sources said the poor couple had parted with the baby to a woman of Dihabari village for Rs 15,000 due to their poverty. The woman had purchased the baby for her childless daughter, sources added.
With their parents in jail, the five siblings are left to the mercy of God in the slum as there was no one to look after them.
Locals have sought immediate intervention of the district administration to help them out.