A government hospital nurse and her friend were arrested on Thursday for allegedly trying to sell a newborn girl to a woman for Rs 1 lakh in Indore city of Madhya Pradesh, police said.
Based on the woman's complaint, the police arrested Shilpa Telang (29), a contractual nurse, and Tejkaran Thakkar alias Bablu (30) after laying a trap, deputy inspector general of police (Indore Range) HC Mishra said.
A manhunt has been launched for others who may have been involved in the crime, he said.
According to the police, the complainant had initiated the process of adopting a child through various social organisations in keeping with the law.
When the accused found out about this, they contacted her and offered her a 10-day-old baby girl for Rs 1 lakh, the official said.
"The child has been recovered from the accused and is currently place in a hospital," he said.
The accused are being questioned about how and from where they had got the infant, the senior police official said.
While Telang works as contractual nurse with a private hospital, Thakkar is unemployed, sub-inspector Rupali Badhoriya said.
The duo has been charged under relevant sections of the IPC and has been sent in police remand till September 14, it was stated.