Staff Reporter

NALGONDA: Dakhrawath Saida, a tribal of Guntibava thanda in Devarakonda mandal, wants his daughter back from the person to whom he has allegedly sold her. But the person, who has `adopted' the 20-day-old baby, is refusing to give her back.

"They took away my daughter after giving me Rs.5,000 recently. They gave me their phone number saying that we could visit her whenever we wanted. But the person, who receives my calls, says that we can't get her back," Saida said. "We don't want the money but we want our baby back," Poori, Saida's wife, said.

A tribal of a nearby `thanda' has allegedly prompted the couple to give away the newborn baby. It is said that a person from Hyderabad is instrumental in the "purchase" of the baby. Saida also said that the middleman had allegedly taken Rs.1, 000 from him for arranging the deal.

Case registered

Unable to bear the agony, the tribal couple approached the police with the help of ICDS officials. "Poverty had led us to give away the baby. We handed over the baby at Mallepally with the help of our relative. Now I realise that they have deceived me," Saida said.

Kanakadurga of the ICDS contacted the person who had allegedly taken away the baby girl. "Initially, he told me that the girl died but later he changed his stand when I told him that I was calling from the police station," the official said. Sub-Inspector K. Srinvas told The Hindu that a case was filed on the basis of a complaint filed by the couple. He said that investigation was on to find out the whereabouts of the baby.