Two held for selling COVID orphans

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Dec 2: Police today sealed the office of Global Welfare Charitable, a Non-Government Organization (NGO), and arrested its two office bearers in Pampore area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district for adoption and sale of children of COVID-19 victims.
Two Kashmiri men who managed NGO have been charged with alleged scheme to sell children of COVID-19 victims. While one offered the children for adoption for Rs 75,000, the second accused, who runs an NGO in Pampore, South Kashmir, requested up to Rs 10 lakh in exchange for newborn COVID victims, some of whom were taken from hospitals, for adoption.

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The NGO’s office at a rented building in the Samboora region on the outskirts of Pampore was sealed by a team of police and local administration. “Police also took several documents from the NGO office,” an official added.
According to police, Ajaz Ahmad Dar, son of Abdul Hameed, of Khankahbagh Pampore, and Mohammad Ameen Rather alias Ansar Ameen, son of Ghulam Mohammad, of Bemina Srinagar, were arrested in this connection.
A case (FIR Number 153/2021 under Section 370, 120-B IPC) has been registered in Police Station Pampore, and additional investigations are underway.
In the meantime, Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) Jammu and Kashmir headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today expressed serious concern over some Kashmiri COVID orphans being sold in the markets by a local NGO. It termed it as extremely shameful and disgusting.