The Gudipally Police have started investigation into the allegations of a tribal family selling their days-old daughter following a complaint from the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) staff of P.A. Pally mandal.

Speaking to The Hindu, police sub-inspector K. Kondal Reddy said that ICDS staff had approached them on Friday saying that a tribal woman, a resident of Nenavath Thanda hamlet of Rampuram panchayat, delivered a girl child, fourth in a row, on December 12. But the baby was not to be seen at their home since December 16, he said.

Observing the absence of the girl at home, the local Anganwadi workers informed the ICDS staff who confirmed the case. Following their complaint, police and Mandal Tahsildar V. Hanma Nayak visited the house and enquired about the incident. However, the family members explained that they had sent her to the girl’s maternal uncle’s home at Yacaharam in Ranga Reddy district as the mother was sick.

However, the police asked the family members to appear before them with the girl within two days. By Saturday, the police did not register any FIR against the parents as they decided to wait until Monday.