Srinagar, Dec 2: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday claimed to have arrested two persons in Awantipora for alleged trafficking of Covid orphans while the office of NGO was also sealed.
According to a statement, Police Station Pampore received a written application from Chairperson Child Welfare Committee (CWC) District Pulwama for registration of FIR in an alleged illegal adoption and sale of Covid orphans in Pampore area.
“Accordingly, a case under FIR number 153/2021 relevant sections of law was registered in Police Station Pampore and investigation was initiated.”
During the preliminary investigation, two accused persons identified as Muhammad Amin Rather, son of Ghulam Muhammad Rather of Bemina and Aijaz Ahmed Dar, son of Abdul Hameed Dar of Pampore were arrested in the instant case. During the investigation, it came to fore that the arrested duo are running a trust in Samboora, Pamore by the name of Global Welfare Charitable Trust which was established in the year 2020.”
The said trust has been sealed and essential documents/records were also seized, police said, adding that further investigation in the case is going on and more recoveries are also expected in the case.
Meanwhile, the office of the NGO involved in the act has also been sealed.
An official said that the office of Global Welfare Charitable Trust in Samboora area of Pampore in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
He said that a team of police and tehsil administration raided the office and seized some important documents and sealed its office as well.
It is worth to mention here that media reports suggest that Kashmiri children orphaned after Covid took away their parents are up for sale in Indian markets.
Report also claimed that the NGO operator was offering newborn Covid orphans, some even lifted from hospitals for adoption.
Following the reports, an FIR has been lodged at police station Pampore against the alleged culprits and further investigation is going on, officials said.
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