05 June 2010
THE Yerwada police have located and detained the biological mother of the HIV–positive baby boy sold by the Gurukul Godavari Balak Ashram to a Mumbai couple in March 2009. The infant later died of AIDS in December. She is likely to be arrested on Saturday Police identified the mother as Manda Bhimrao Rasal (20), a resident of Nevasa Phata in Beed. Police said Manda had given birth to the HIV–affected boy out of wedlock and then given him to Mathew Rayappa Yanmal, the head of the ashram.
“Manda also went to the house of Anita and Arun Yadav in Goregaon in Mumbai for giving her the HIV–affected baby to the couple in March last year. The couple paid money to Mathew after receiving the baby. He gave some part of the money to Manda, as she was the biological mother of the baby. Therefore Manda is a co–accused in the case,” said sub–inspector Dattatraya Raut, the investigation officer. “We will also be conducting a medical test of Manda to check if
she is HIV–positive. Investigations are also on to identify the father of the baby,” he added.
The police have also invoked sections 467, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code against Mathew, for allegedly preparing a forged birth certificate of the baby from the Phursungi gram panchayat to show the orphan as the biological child of Anita and Arun Yadav.
The Indian Express had reported that after selling the baby, Mathew prepared a fake birth certificate from Phursungi gram panchayat for showing that baby was born to Anita and Arun on February 24, 2009. The certificate also said that Anita and Arun were residents of Phursungi. But the couple said that they had never been to Phursungi. Also after it was also learnt that the ashram was not authorised for taking care and protection of children, the police also booked Mathew under relevant sections of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children Act), 2000.
Anita had lodged the police complaint against Mathew on Tuesday.
The police then arrested him
on charges of cheating and breach of trust. He was then remanded to police custody for two days. On Friday, the Yerwada police produced him before the court, seeking extension of his custody.
Public prosecutor Kiran Bendbhar told the court that the ashram was suspected of running a racket of selling the children illegally.
Extension of Mathew’s custody was required to get into the roots of the matter. Police also wanted his custody to know about the board of directors and other officer bearers of the ashram, who have not been traced yet. Judicial Magistrate (first class) S M Padolikar extended Mathew’s custody till June 8. Meanwhile, a Nigdibased woman whose daughter had gone missing a few months before has approached the police following the media reports on the ashram. She said that a girl seen in the photograph of the children in the ashram, which was published in a newspaper today, was her daughter. Police said that women had lodged a missing report of her daughter with the Nigdi police. Her claim is being investigated.
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