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Third child sold by Odisha couple rescued from Cuttack

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Reported by Santosh Jagdev

Bhubaneswar, July 19:

After a two-day long search, Commissionerate Police today traced and rescued the 4-year-old child of Shyam Chandra Rao and his wife Pramila of Press Colony here from Bidanasi in Cuttack.

Rao couple: Accused of child sale
Rao couple: Accused of child sale

It was the third child the couple had sold off. While the other two children have already been traced, this child had remained untraced so far.

Police teams had been dispatched to Vishakapatnam and some other places of Cuttack yesterday, but to no avail.

“We traced the baby from Ganesh Das and his wife Suni from Bidanasi today and brought them to Kharvela Nagar police station for interrogation,” said zonal ACP Pramod Kumar Rath.

The Kharvela police informed that Ganesh, an accountant at a medicine store in Bidanasi, had taken the child barely 20 days  after he was born. The police handed over the child to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Khordha.

Yesterday, police had arrested and booked all the three couples- two recipients Ranjit Choudhuri and his wife Chandini of Samastipur in Bihar, at present staying in Jagatsinghpur district, and Prakash Chandra Panda and his wife Swarnaprava of Mirzapur in Pipili in Puri district – and donor Shyam Chandra Rao and wife Pramila, the parents who had sold out two of their children to the former two, under Section 23 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.

Meanwhile, police have released all the four couples, including the Rao couple, through personal recognizance bond.

Earlier, Police had rescued the 22-day old baby boy from the possession of Choudhury couple on Wednesday and a two-year-old son from the Panda couple from Puri the next day.

It may be mentioned here that the matter came to light after Rulina Patra, Counsellor of Ruchika Childline, Bhubaneswar lodged a complaint with the Kharvela Nagar Police station here last Friday requesting police to take necessary steps to rescue all the three children allegedly sold by their parents.

Ms Patra, in her complaint, said Shyama Chandra Rao and his wife Pramila, both daily wagers staying in the Press Colony slum in the city, are the biological parents of seven children. Two of them are dead while three (all sons) have been sold to different persons in the past to earn money.

The complaint was lodged following an order from the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Khordha