BJP leader, who longed for a son, held for child theft in UP

A BJP corporator has been arrested among eight others in a case involving the kidnapping of a seven-month-old child from the Mathura railway station. The child, who was missing for nearly a week, was later recovered from the BJP leader. The child has been handed over to his parents, they said.

Firozabad Municipal Corporation Vineeta Agarwal and her husband Krishna Murari Agrawal had paid Rs 1.80 lakh for the infant as they wanted to have a male child even though they had a daughter, the officials said. Firozabad Mayor Nutan Rathore confirmed that Vineeta Agarwal is a BJP corporator.

SP (Railways) Mustaq Ahmad told reporters that the eight people arrested included two ANMs (auxiliary nurse midwives), the corporator and her husband.

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The child named Sanjai was stolen at 4 am on August 24 when his parents were asleep, the SP said.

On the basis of the CCTV footage, six teams were formed to work out the case, the officials said. They found that one Deep Kumar of Hathras, who sells asafoetida at the station, had kidnapped the child from the platform.

According to officials, the act was the work of an organised gang, including two ANMs, one posted in Hathras and the other in Firozabad. The officials said these ANMs looked for couples bereft of a male child as potential buyers.

The accused were identified as Prem Bihari and Dayavati, who ran a private hospital in Hathras, Poonam and Vimlesh, the ANMs, and Deep Kumar, who stole the child, besides one Manjeet.

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Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, while reacting to the incident, in a Hindi tweet said, “The BJP has stolen the present and future of children. Now, at least do not do this work!” He also shared a news report of the incident.

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