Nine rescued boys reunited with their families
Police on Wednesday busted a gang abducting boys from old city and selling them to couples in Karimnagar and Nizamabad districts, by catching four accused and rescuing nine victims.
Four of the nine rescued boys were reunited with their families but fate of the remaining hung in balance as they could not remember addresses or names of parents, the Hyderabad Police Commissioner, A.K. Khan, told a press conference. Investigators hope to trace families of these boys after arresting two more absconding members of the gang.
Among the arrested was a couple, Mahboob Khan, 45, his wife, Reshma Sultana, 40, and their accomplices, Kamala alias Parveen, 60, of Karimnagar and D. Malliah Yadav, 60, of Nizamabad.
Two others, Sajeed and Shafi, are still at large. The gang used to move in different parts of old city, looking out for boys moving lonely.
They would lure the children by offering chocolates or biscuits and take them to Rudrangi village in Karimnagar and confine them there. On receiving information about the ‘catch',
Yadav would come there and purchase the boy for sums ranging from Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 60,000.
Leads about the gang first came on March 4 when a housewife, Rehana Begum, 22, of Santoshnagar approached police stating her five-year-old son, Mohd. Shareef, went missing.
“As cases of missing boys were increasingly reported, special teams were constituted to trace them leading to the gang's arrest,” the Commissioner said.
Along with Shareef, Fardeen Khan, 5, Majeed, 6, and Shaik Naveed, 4, were handed over to their respective families.
However, the other rescued boys, M. Manoj, 12, Mahesh, 9, N. Ravi, 5, K. Srinivas, 4 and Suresh, 6, failed to recollect details of their biological parents. They were shifted to the Government Child Home.
Parents, whose children went missing, can approach the South zone police at Purani Haveli office to ascertain if any of the rescued boys were their children. The Commissioner said DNA test would be conducted to verify claims of parenthood. Cases would also be registered against the persons who purchased the boys.
“Though they looked after the boys as their own wards, the illegal adoption invites penal action,” Mr. Khan said.