West Bengal: 10 babies recovered from Thakurpukur area by CID

West Bengal: 10 babies recovered from Thakurpukur area by CID

Kolkata: The West Bengal CID claimed to have busted an worldwide child trafficking racket and arrested eights persons, including two women, for their alleged involvement with it.

"The geographical distance between the two sites points at the expanse of the baby-trafficking racket. We are working very hard in our investigation as the racket is wide spread involving many nursing homes and middlemen also", the CID chief said. The 10 babies, all girl children ranging from one to 10 months old, were rescued during a raid from the third floor of "Purbasha", the old age home for the mentally challenged at Kolagachhiya in Thakurpukur Police station limits, a senior CID official said.

After getting inputs from Putul Banerjee, CID raided an old-age home in Kolkata's Thakurpukur area and rescued ten baby girls. They said Purbasha and NGO Sujit Memorial Trust in Maslandapur served as "godowns" for the newborns.

"We had an information about this child trafficking racket where doctors are involved. They might have sold out at least 50 babies till now", the ADG said.

During interrogation, it surfaced that the culprits used to bury the babies, who died while being shifted from one hiding place to another.

The babies, mostly newborns, were then smuggled in cartons used to store biscuits, and taken by road to an adoption centre 25 km (15 miles) away in Machlandapur, where they were sold on to childless couples. We are trying to ascertain where these babies were born and their parents' identities. They are now admitted to Thakurpukur ESI Hospital. She is the daughter of one of the accused, Putul Banerjee, who was earlier arrested by the CID from her nursing home at James Long Sarani in Behala. The officials did not rule out global links of the racketeers.

The CID officials are also not ruling out the possibility of an "international racket" since foreign currencies were recovered from the nursing home. "However, we will investigate where the dollars came from before coming to any conclusion", an official said.

"When these women asked to see their dead babies they were advised against it, and so many returned home without seeing them".

After the post mortem report of the remains of the bodies of the two infants, the CID might press murder charges against the accused, he said.

State Welfare Minister Sashi Panja said action would be taken after the investigation into the matter was over.