After a six-year-old boy went missing in Agra's Shastripuram area on June 6, police arrested a nurse and her husband on Saturday for kidnapping and selling the child for Rs one lakh.

According to police, six-year-old Aarav was playing with his eight-year-old brother Ritesh at a construction site in Agra's Shastripuram area's C block when he was abducted by the nurse, Pooja, and her husband Anil.

Sources said that Aarav's father, Fattelal, is originally from Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur district and works as a labourer. He lacked the funds to pay the ransom. Fattelal then approached the police.

As soon as the family filed an FIR, the Agra police began looking into alternate theories, including child trafficking.

When the CCTV cameras in the area were checked, Anil and Pooja were seen riding a scooter and carrying Aarav.

Further investigation led the police to Anil Sharma, a

resident of the nearby Awas Vikas colony, and his wife Pooja, a Kasganj district resident who is currently working as a nurse in a Delhi hospital.

During questioning, Pooja revealed how she had sold the child to Neeraj Devi in Kasganj.

Neeraj Devi had been childless for 20 years and had promised Pooja a reward of Rs one lakh if she could arrange a child for her. Pooja was enticed by such a large sum of money, and she and her husband, Anil, kidnapped Aarav on June 6.

The couple also planned to kidnap and sell another child from the city's Khandari area for Rs 1.5 lakh. However, before they could carry out their plan, they were both arrested.

A senior police official confirmed to media that Anil has a criminal record and was imprisoned in 2015. Neeraj Devi, the woman who paid for Aarav's kidnapping, has also been arrested.

Meanwhile, the child has been returned to his parents.
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