WB: Child trafficking racket busted, babies found in biscuit cartons

Four more persons including 3 women were arrested from the city this evening in connection with the global child trafficking racket busted in North 24 Parganas districts Baduria area taking the total number of arrests to 12 in the sensational case. A racket that operated from a private nursing home at Baduria in North 24-Parganas stretched all the way to different parts of the country and beyond to the USA and the UK.

"During the course of interrogating the three women arrested today, we found out their complicity in the newborn smuggling racket", said B.L. Meena, deputy inspector-general of the CID.

The CID made three more arrests on Wednesday - Putul Banerjee, the owner of South View Nursing Home, her assistant Prabha Pramanik and Paramita Chatterjee alias Debjani, an administrator at Sree Krishna Nursing Home.

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Meanwhile, a almost 60-years-old doctor was also held in the same case on Wednesday, according to reports. Workers of a local NGO too were involved in the trafficking. Two of them are owners of a nursing home in Behala; the other two are associated with a nursing home on College Street. While the nursing home was closed for a few months after the incident, a clinic-run by an accomplice of Asadujjaman got a roaring business. The investigators have also rescued three newborns who had been kept inside large biscuit-packing cartons. The operators sold newborns to childless couples for more than two years till the state police's criminal investigation department (CID) busted the syndicate on Monday. Sources said that at least two others - who live in Durga Nagar, Dum Dum - are actively involved. "This gang was targetting women who used to come there mainly to abort", the officer said.

Based on a tip-off that something was amiss at the Sohan Nursing Home and Polyclinic, seemingly the site for a large cache of old notes, a CID team raided the establishment, located at Baduria in North 24 Parganas district. A baby was sold to a Delhi couple, and another to a USA couple for Rs 6 lakh, a CID official said.

A doctor was also arrested by the CID for his alleged involvement in the case.

  • Ismael Montgomery