‘Ahmedabad doc sold two babies as twins’
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The Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) has found that city-based gynaecologist Dr Bharat Atit, who is facing charges of selling a baby to a Mumbai couple on the pretext of surrogacy, had sold off two babies as "twins" to a doctor couple in Porbandar.
One of the babies was produced by the complainant in the case, Mona Thakur, while the other was produced by a woman who is suspected to have acted as "surrogate mother" to help the doctor, who happens to be the husband of former city mayor Malini Atit.
Addressing reporters here Thursday, Joint Commissioner of Police A K Sharma said, "The DCB formed teams to hunt for the parents who 'adopted' the baby and found out that a couple in Porbandar had bought the baby from Atit. When the couple was questioned, they revealed that they had 'adopted' two babies from Atit's clinic."
Further investigations showed that the doctor had allegedly sold two babies to the couple claiming they were "non-identical twins". Blood samples of the parents and the babies did not match, police said.
"The doctor had promised the couple a baby from a surrogate mother and later came up with a story that the woman had conceived twins. He then search for two women who delivered a baby each at his clinic at Saraspur. The doctor handed over these babies to the Porbandar couple as non-identical twins," Sharma said.
The couple reportedly told the DCB that they paid Rs 4 lakh each for the two babies to Atit.
When Atit's clinic was searched again, the DCB found documents dated September 30, 2009, which he had allegedly prepared for giving "twins" to the couple. Police said Atiti allegedly used to prepare such papers so that couples don't suspect him and also to prove that he always carried out "surrogacy" based on proper documents.
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