MYSURU: The district police busted a child trafficking racket and arrested four persons including a doctor.
Shockingly in the last three months, the gang has sold more than 18 children who were involved in begging in Nanjangud after kidnapping them.
Dr Usha, who was rendering service on temporary basis at a private hospital in Mandi Mohalla, Mysuru is suspected to be the kingpin.
She used to target children of beggars and poor and used to convince the parents to sell their children for money.
If the parents refused to sell the children, she used to wait for the right opportunity. When the children were sent for begging, the gang used to kidnap them. The children were lured by sweets, food and were made to sit inside a car and kidnapped.
According to police, the children were sold to rich people or to those from foreign countries for a hefty money.
Three months ago, a child which was begging at Srikanteshwara Temple in Nanjangud was kidnapped around 8 pm. Though localities chased the vehicle, it was not possible for them to catch the miscreants and a case was registered at Nanjangud Town Police station.
The cops who were hunting for the miscreants were surprised and shocked after knowing about the network of the gang on Thursday. Police arrested four persons including Dr Usha and have spread the net to catch other culprits.
Police sources said they have obtained a few clues and are further interrogating to find the whereabouts of the kidnapped children and accomplices.