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Hathras doctor couple arrested for running a child trafficking gang

Mathura : The investigation by the Mathura GRP into the abduction of a 7-year-old boy from Mathura Railway station when sleeping with his mother at the platform led to the arrest of a doctor couple and six others which included a BJP corporator and her husband. According to Mohammad Mushtaq Superintendent of Police (SP) for GRP “Six teams were constituted to trace the missing child, and a surveillance team was activated to work out CCTV footage available about the incident. The efforts paid dividends, and the gang operating under a doctor couple of Hathras as a kingpin, was busted.”

“Those arrested include Dr Prem Behari (38) and his wife Dr Dayawati (38), running Bankey Behari Hospital in Nawal Nagar locality of Hathras. The doctor couple ran this gang. Other arrested include Deep Kumar (40), Poonam (43), Manjeet (43), and Vimlesh (38) from Hathras, all active members of the gang. Also arrested are Krishna Murari Agarwal (51) and Vinita Agarwal (49) from Firozabad,” informed SP GRP.

The SP GRP further stated that the doctor couple had confessed to running an organised gang involved in the theft and selling of children. “These children were abducted from railway platforms and bus stands and sold to childless couples,” the SP GRP said. It was revealed that the child recently stolen by Deep Kumar from Mathura junction was sold to Vinita Agarwal, a BJP corporator in Firozabad and her husband Krishna Murari Agarwal for ₹1.80 lakh.

“We are investigating the details about the doctor couple as we anticipate that they might have wider contacts and also involved in other cases of stolen children as well. We are also investigating Poonam and Vimlesh as it was revealed that they are working as ANM (auxiliary nursing midwifery) on contract for government welfare schemes. Sections related to the offence of human trafficking are being added to crime,” Mushtaq added. Police sources said that the couple (BJP corporator and her husband) who purchased the child had a daughter and was craving for a son.