PESHAWAR: The case of newborn babies’ being kidnapped and sold off took a new turn as the parents of a kidnapped baby themselves were found involved in the sale of a baby girl recovered from the custody of alleged kidnappers.

On Friday, Peshawar police busted a gang involving five women and two men, including a nurse, two health workers and an agent for alleged involvement in baby trafficking.

The gang swapped newborn babies with the bodies of dead infants in hospitals and maternity homes, and told the parents the child had died.

The gang used to sell a baby for Rs. 300,000 to the couples who were unable to conceive.

During the investigation, the suspects revealed that a couple sold a baby girl to them for 100,000 rupees.

After identification, police managed to arrest the couple in Pabbi tehsil of Nowshera district Monday who revealed that they already had five daughters and financial crisis forced them to sell their sixth daughter.

Police have started further investigations in light of the some fresh statements.