One more doctor named Sanjay haldal and four others have been arrested from Kanthi’s Devi Nursing home on Monday. Bidhannagar police and contain police raid the nursing home and arrested them in connection with child trafficking.
Earlier, CID officials made the 13th arrest in connection with the trafficking of the newborns. Police arrested Partha Chatterjee, owner of Shri Krishna Nursing Home. Chatterjee had been running the nursing home for a decade and was involved in the racket for the past three years.
This apart, the police have arrested a number of heads of the NGO involved in the racket. “We have arrested as many as 13 people in connection with the racket. All have been arrested under section 369 (kidnapping or abducting child under 10 years with intent to steal from its person), 370 (trafficking) 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and 34 of CrPc,” said Deputy Inspector General (CID), Bharat Lal Meena.
The racket was prevalent in nursing homes in the state capital, Kolkata. Agents would liaison with NGOs and the nursing home staff. The nursing home staff and doctors would declare an infant as ‘dead’ and issue a birth certificate to the parents of the newborn without handing over the dead body.
Later, the newborn would be sold off to childless couples through the NGO. While newborn girls with a dark complexion would be sold for Rs 1 lakh and fair babies for Rs1.5 lakh, newborn boys with a dark complexion would be sold for Rs 2 lakh and fair ones for higher than Rs 2 lakh. The racket had been existing for the past three years and involved a dozen of nursing homes in Kolkata.
The racket sold newborns not just across the country in cities like Mumbai and Delhi, but also spread its arms across the United States and the United Kingdom. “Several NGOs would get in touch with the agents here. Agents, in turn, would get in touch with the nursing home staff and pay them a huge commission. Dozens of nursing homes across Kolkata are involved in the racket. The newborns have been sold in Delhi and Mumbai. Sources are telling us that some have been sold in the UK and USA too,” said a senior official of CID.