A man from Bhubaneshwar in Odisha sold his 11-month-old son and bought a mobile phone with the money he received in exchange.
Police arrested the man, Balaram Mukhi from Bhadrak district after he sold his son for Rs 23,000. He then bought a mobile phone for Rs 2,000 and a silver anklet for his seven-year-old daughter. He spent the rest of the money on alcohol.
Bhadrak superintendent of police Anup Sahoo said Mukhi is a sweeper has no regular income.
The Times of India quoted Anup Sahoo as saying, "He works as a sweeper and seems to be habitual."
According to the report, Mukhi's brother-in-law Balia and an worker helped him in fixing the deal. When a couple in their sixties agreed to pay them the three culprits decided to take action.
Somnath Sethi, a retired driver with the state government, and his wife had lost their 24-year-old son in 2012.
Manoj Rout, inspector-in-charge of Bhadrak town police station said, "Sethi's wife had been suffering from depression after their only son died and he had told his acquaintances to look for a child they could adopt so that his wife recovers."