A nursing home owner and his woman accomplice were apprehended yesterday when they allegedly sold a two-month-old girl to a decoy customer of the police in East Jyoti Nagar locality, north-east Delhi.The accused are identified as Sumit Sharma (28), a resident of GTB Enclave and his accomplice Niharika (26), who stays in Chhatarpur. Sharma runs Jeevan Jyoti Nursing Home in the Shanti Nagar area of Loni, Ghaziabad. The police were informed about a gang indulging in human trafficking.
“On Wednesday, we were tipped off that this gang is trying to sell the baby girl to a prospective buyer. We were also informed that at 3 pm, a person would be coming near Vinayak Restaurant in East Jyoti Nagar to strike a deal,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ravindra Yadav.
The police with a member of Shakti Vahini, an anti-human trafficking NGO, waited near the restaurant. “A decoy customer was sent to the accused, who settled the deal and paid Rs 3 lakh. When the accused handed over the custody of the baby girl to the decoy customer, a signal was flashed and the police nabbed Sharma and Niharika,” said Yadav.
“Investigations have revealed that the infant was procured from Shastri Park. We are making efforts to trace her biological parents,” said the official.
During interrogation, Sharma said that while running the nursing home he became acquainted with Dina Nath, who was allegedly indulging in human trafficking, according to Yadav.
Nath offered Sharma a handsome sum of money for becoming his partner in human trafficking activities.”Few days ago, Nath and Sharma managed to get one baby girl from their sources,” added Yadav. The police are probing the involvement of other criminals in this racket. Sharma allegedly lured Niharika into selling the girl on the promise of obtaining easy money. She had become acquainted with him in 2006. On the orders of the Child Welfare Committee, the infant has been admitted to “Udyan”, an NGO at Gole Market.