Child trafficking racket busted in North Bengal

Updated on Feb 20, 2017 04:11 PM IST

The racket allegedly sold and trafficked over two dozen babies and children, even outside the country.

The racket allegedly sold and trafficked over two dozen babies and children, even outside the country.(HT Photo)
The racket allegedly sold and trafficked over two dozen babies and children, even outside the country.(HT Photo)
Hindustan Times | By

Two persons were arrested by police as it busted a child trafficking racket in North Bengal. Chairperson of a NGO home and its chief adoption officer was arrested by police in raids since last night in Jalpaiguri district around 600 kms from Kolkata. The racket allegedly sold and trafficked over two dozen babies and children.

“We have arrested two officials of the NGO home and more people are detained. Interrogation is on. We are also conducting raids in different places,” said a senior officer of CID. According to sleuths, children were also sold out of the country.

Saturday night a seven member Criminal Investigation Department (CID) team raided the premises of ‘Bimala Shishu Griha’, a local NGO which runs a children’s home. Police arrested Chandana Chakraborty chairperson of the NGO. Sunday morning sleuths arrested Sonali Mondol who was the chief adoption officer of the NGO.

Sleuths had information that the NGO was engaged in trafficking of children and kept watch for the past couple of months. According to police, the NGO sold babies and children at a price, disregarding adoption rules.

November last year, CID busted an inter-state baby trafficking racket following raids in Kolkata and North 24 parganas districts. It rescued thirteen babies and arrested 20 persons including doctors, quacks and nursing home staffs. The racket involved nursing homes, hospitals, NGO homes in atleast four districts of Bengal and spread to different parts of India where babies were sold.

Police said dark-complexioned girls were sold for anywhere between Rs 80,000 and Rs 1 lakh, while fair ones got them as much as Rs 1.5 lakh. Male infants were sold for Rs 2 lakh or more. Dr Santosh Samanta of Sree Krishna Nursing Home was entrusted with preparing the death certificate for the infants sold. He made around Rs 60,000 from each sale.

February this year, CID named two doctors including a local BJP leader among 19 people in the charge sheet. The charge sheet was submitted to additional chief judicial magistrate’s court in Basirhat (in North 24 Parganas district).

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