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Boy rescued from gang

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The gang members planned to sell the boy to a businessman and had even taken an advance


CHENNAI: An 18-month-old boy who was allegedly kidnapped by a gang for sale to a businessman seeking to adopt a baby was rescued by the Saidapet police on Wednesday.

According to police sources, M. Maniraj was playing outside his house in Saidapet on June 16 when an unidentified woman took him away. Based on a complaint lodged by the boy's father Murugan, the police registered a case.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Adyar) K.A. Senthil Velan formed a special team to investigate the complaint. Since there was no threat or call demanding ransom from any person, investigators had little clue about the accused persons. An intensive search operation was launched and police mounted surveillance at railway stations, bus stands and areas of public gathering.

Following a tip-off, the team searched a house in Porur and rescued the boy from the custody of one Sathyamoorthi, an autorickshaw driver. Investigation revealed that the accused persons numbering about ten, including a woman, had planned to sell the boy to a businessman from Namakkal area and had even taken an advance.

Police have detained some persons involved in the case for interrogation. Maniraj was handed over to his parents. “The boy was healthy…they took good care of him in the last 12 days. The businessman who insisted on a legal adoption wanted the baby to undergo a health checkup,” a police official said.

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