Thiruvananthapuram: The three-year-old child who was rescued by the Railway Protection Force from the Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station here on January 11 was bought by the abductor, Rajkumar Bedi, for Rs.100 from a Bihar-based gang that reportedly engages in selling children, say the Railway Police. This was stated by the accused, who hails from Madhya Pradesh, during questioning by the Railway Police. Rajkumar told the police that although he did not know details about the child, he was the fourth person to get custody of the child.
Rajkumar admitted to the police that he had made cuts on the thigh of the child with a knife and had broken his right leg to gain sympathy of the public and to get more money. The rescued child is now in the Kerala State Child Welfare Council’s nursery at Thycaud, after treatment at SAT hospital. The council authorities have named the child Vimal. Meanwhile, Chief Judicial Magistrate S. Soman has extended the remand of Rajkumar to 14 more days.