Rashmi Ranjan

A man allegedly sold off his 15-day-old baby boy at Charchika Bazaar in Jagatsinghpur district. Later, the newborn was rescued from Pokapur village in the district.

According to sources, the father of the newborn sold the baby to one Kangali Mallick of Pokapur village for Rs 10,000. The grandmother of the newborn lodged a complaint at the local police station after she came to know about the incident.

Acting on the complaint lodged by the grandmother, the local police and members of the Child Protection Unit launched a search operation and rescued the baby. The police have also detained Mallick, who has bought the baby boy.

It is suspected that the accused father might have sold the baby following a family feud.

“The newborn’s grandmother has brought the allegation and claimed that a deal was struck to sell the baby for Rs 10,000. An investigation into the matter is on,” said Bisweswari Mohanty, Jagatsinghpur Child Welfare Committee (CWC) chairman.

“The newborn has been rescued and his parents have agreed to surrender before the police,” Mohanty added.

(Reported by Sashank Sekhar Panda, OTV)