The action follows a complaint filed by his wife

A man from Uttar Pradesh who allegedly sold his wife and son to a person in Gujarat for Rs 7,000 has been asked to appear before the Aluva police for a probe.

The women’s cell of Aluva Police on Wednesday asked Shiv Singh to appear here for interrogation based on a complaint filed by his wife. Renu Singh, a resident of Patna, was rescued along with her son Sachin by the women’s cell after they escaped from the custody of the person in Gujarat and reached Uliyanoor near Aluva on Monday where they were staying for rent a year ago.

A senior officer at the women’s cell said Mr. Singh was contacted over phone and asked to appear here for questioning. Ms. Renu and her son were shifted to the Mahilalayam at Champakara on Wednesday. They were earlier rehabilitated at the Janaseva Sisubhavan in Aluva.

Jose Maveli, chairman of Janaseva Sisubhavan, said they had lodged a complaint before K. Padmakumar, Inspector General of Police, Ernakulam Range, to initiate action against Mr. Singh.

Ms. Renu told the police she married Mr. Singh five years ago. They later shifted to Tamil Nadu. In 2011, the family reached Aluva for business. They had rented a house near Uliyanoor.

Ms. Renu alleged that her husband took them to Uttar Pradesh under the pretext of Diwali celebrations and later sold her and the elder son to a person in Gujarat for Rs. 7,000. Police said they were forced to work in a brick kiln in Gujarat. Ms. Renu told the police she fled with her son after she learnt that the person who bought her was trying to sell her again for Rs. 20,000. She boarded a train to Aluva with her elder son and reached Uliyanoor, where the family was staying on rent earlier. The owners of the house then alerted the Aluva police.

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