The Vashi court has ordered a DNA test of the 15-day-old baby rescued by the anti-extortion unit of the Navi Mumbai police from alleged traffickers, to verify if a Bengaluru woman is its mother.

After the arrest of four people who had come to Koparkhairane to sell the baby to a decoy customer on July 20, the mother of the newborn was traced to Bengaluru. Among the four arrested, Nagina Begum Yusuf Khan (28) from Ambivali is originally from Bengaluru. She had met the baby’s mother, who already has two daughters, and said that her brother, who did not have children, wanted a baby.

“She convinced the mother that the child would have a better future with her brother. The woman, who cannot afford to take care of three children, agreed to give up the child. Since no money changed hands and the mother was unaware of Ms. Khan’s intentions, we haven’t booked her in the case,” senior police inspector Shirish Pawar from the anti-extortion unit said.

“The baby is being looked after at the Vishwa Bal Ashram in Nerul,” Mr. Pawar said.

Ms. Khan, Majid Abdul Ajid Shaikh (27) and Rais Hajrat Kazi (26) from Mumbra, and Manjusha Tilak Khatoda (23) from Khar, are in police custody till Sunday. “We will seek extension of the custody as we need to investigate if they have sold any other children,” DCP, Crime Branch, Tushar Doshi said.

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