Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Jun 17:
In the much discussed child sale incident in Odisha’s Millennium City of Cuttack, the Child Help Line and the Commissionerate Police have managed to trace the second child.
The Ranchi based Marwari couple that had allegedly bought the kid came to Cuttack’s Badambari police station with the child yesterday and claimed that they had adopted the kid. They also produced the contract papers signed between them and the mother of the child, following which the CWC and cops took them for questioning.
“We didn’t buy the child. We adopted. We also have the legal documents to support our claim. We are here to surrender and present our side to the police after we got to know about the child sale rumours,” said the Ranchi based man.
The cops later verified the documents, got in touch with the biological mother of the kid and made them sign another agreement following which the Ranchi based couple were allowed to take the child with them.
It may be mentioned that a child sale case had come to fore on June 15 when Mangalabag police, acting on a complaint filed by Cuttack based NGO Child Line rescued a 13-month old child, allegedly sold by the mother, from Choudwar.
During the course of the investigation, it emerged that this mother of seven from Professor Pada of Cuttack had sold off her three of her children due to acute poverty.
The woman, however, had vehemently denied having sold her child. She had maintained that she had handed over the child to the childless Choudwar couple for better upbringing since she herself was too poor to take care of her.
While the first child was rescued on June 15 and second one was traced yesterday, the whereabouts of the third child is yet to be known.