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Indian man held for selling baby grandson on Facebook

NEW DELHI: Police in northern India said yesterday they had arrested a 47-year-old man for selling his newborn grandson to a local businessman in a deal that was struck on Facebook. Feroz Khan, a resident of Ludhiana city in the northern state of Punjab 300 kms from New Delhi, had allegedly kidnapped his grandson shortly after he was born earlier this month.
Khan sought help from two temporary employees at a local hospital where his daughter gave birth, who contacted the buyer on Facebook and arranged the deal for 45,000 rupees ($ 830). “All three people who conspired to sell the child have been arrested and we will be interrogating the businessman who paid the money to buy the baby,” Satish Malhotra, a senior police officer in Ludhiana, told AFP.
Police have rescued the baby and returned him to his mother, Noori Khan, a divorcee, who had lodged the complaint against her father. The three accused have been charged with kidnapping.