Three women have been arrested for putting up a two-and-a-half-year-old kidnapped boy for sale on WhatsApp. One of them had uploaded the boy’s picture on the social networking application with a price tag of Rs. 1.8 lakh, leading to their arrest. Police suspect the women were part of an illegal adoption and surrogacy racket.

Abducted from outside Jama Masjid, the boy was taken to different locations in Delhi and bought in succession by the three women, all of whom wanted to sell him at a premium, police said. The kidnapper too has been arrested.

The police got wind of the crime when one of the potential “buyers” saw the child's photo on WhatsApp and alerted them about it. Developing cold feet, one of the women left the child at a temple in Raghubir Nagar and called the cops posing as a Good Samaritan. However, the women were traced when police contacted one of them for a reward. The kidnappers, identified as Radha, 40, Sonia, 24, Saroj, 34, and Jaan Mohammad, 40, were arrested on Thursday.

Jaan Mohammad told cops that he had picked up the child from outside Jama Masjid while his parents were preparing for a prayer on 5 June. He took the child to Radha's house in Shakurpur and she assured him a handsome share in the sale.

Radha sold the boy to Sonia for Rs. 1 lakh. The child was then taken to Sonia's hideout in Mangolpuri, where he was further sold to Saroj, a resident of Raghubir Nagar for Rs. 1.10 lakh. Saroj also put up details of the child along with a photograph on a Whatsapp group, with a price tag of Rs. 1.8 lakh.