Bhopal: In a big breakthrough, Madhya Pradesh Police have busted an alleged 'baby farm' operating at a private hospital in the Gwalior district, where unwanted newly-born babies are sold and swapped for a huge sum.
According to a report in the ToI, babies born out of rape or illicit relationships were being delivered at the 30-bed Palash Hospital in Gwalior's Murar area and later sold to potential customers for adoption.
The MP Police, which bust the baby selling and swapping racket following a raid, also rescued two new-borns from the hospital staff.
"Three others have been sold to childless couples in Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh", Prateek Kumar, ASP crime branch was quoted saying.
Explaining the modus operandi of the racket, Kumar said whenever a girl or her parents approached them for termination of unwanted pregnancies, doctors at this hospital used to convince them assuring a safe and secret delivery.
After the delivery of the baby, the mother was discharged and then the hospital authorities start hunting for gullible couples who could buy them, an investigating officer said.
The police have arrested five people including the hospitals director TK Gupta, manager and parents who bought babies from this hospital and booked under sections 370 (buying or disposing of any person as slave), 371 (Habitual dealing in slaves) and 373 (buying minor for the purpose of prostitution).
During interrogation, hospital manager Arun Bhadoria told officials that they had agents in the Chambal region who used to fetch girls carrying unwanted pregnancies.
Hospital was raided on Saturday night following specific input about trafficking of infants.