Kolkata: In a shocking incident, a man in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district was arrested for selling his 2-month-old twin daughters to childless couples for Rs 1.8 lakh, police said on Monday.

“Ratan Brahma, 49, sold his twin daughters on October 26. On the basis of information shared by some residents of Ramchandrapur Bhaduria area, we arrested him on Sunday. We have already recovered Rs 1.45 lakh from him,” an official of Gaighata Police station said.

Only the father has been arrested, but his wife, too, will be interrogated, police added.

In a similar incident, a man had tried to sell his four-year-old daughter to arrange money for the treatment of his pregnant wife. The incident took place in Kannauj city of Uttar Pradesh. The police had stopped the couple from selling their daughter and assured them of giving financial assistance.

Tirwa police station officer, Amod Kumar Singh, had said, “We got to know a couple needed money for treatment and was trying to sell their child to arrange for the money. When we found out that the woman is suffering from bleeding and needs help, the Tirwa police station decided to provide full financial aid to the family.”

In another incident, a man had sold off his wife and children for Rs 5 lakh at Koilakuntla in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Pasupuleti Maddileti was addicted to gambling and liquor.

(With agency inputs)