Man held for selling his 2-year-old son

Mother doubted role of her husband behind son's mysterious disappearance

Close on the heels of a woman arrested for murdering her 20-day old daughter in Mandi police limits, a man who had allegedly sold his two-year-old son for the lure of money has been arrested along with two others by Udayagiri police on Wednesday.

Nissar Khan, 38, a mason by profession and resident of A J Block, Bannimantap, Sikander of Rajeev Nagar and Jafrulla, the middleman, are the accused.

In her complaint to the police on Tuesday night, Parveen Taj, the second wife of Nissar Khan had alleged that her two-year-old son Rihaan Khan had suddenly gone missing from 5 pm.

She had suspected the handiwork of her husband behind the mysterious disappearance of her son. The couple had three children and Rihaan was the second born.

What forced Parveen to suspect her husband was the windfall he had gained overnight. Nissar who returned home in an inebriated condition on Tuesday around 10 pm, was counting a wad of  currency notes. Earlier in the evening, Nisaar was nonchalant when Parveen enquired about their son having gone missing. He had dismissed her apprehensions saying that the boy might have gone somewhere and might return shortly.

Acting on the complaint, police took Nissar to custody. True to his wife’s suspicion, Nissar turned out to be the man behind his son’s disappearance. Nissar reportedly told the police that he had sold Rihaan for Rs 30,000 to Sikander through a common friend Jafrulla, who acted as a middle-man in the case. Sikander had struck the deal, as his sister-in-law (wife’s older sister) was childless. He had paid Rs 10,000 in advance. It was the same money Nissar was found counting by his wife.

Joy knew no bounds for Parveen when she was re-united with her son. What has been worrying her is the husband’s behaviour, who was actually very fond of his children. Nissar’s first wife Seema lives separately with her three children.

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