According to sources, CID and local police raided Baidya Clinic and Sohon Nursing Home in Bagjola locality of Baduria Monday night.
Two new born babies recovered last night by CID raid from Sohan Nursing home at Baduria in North 24 parganas. On tuesday. Express photo. 22.11.16
The state CID has unearthed a massive inter-state newborn trafficking racket being carried out by two private clinics in Baduria, North-24 Paraganas, with the help of an NGO for the past three years. Their modus operandi was to target unmarried mothers and impoverished parents, and sell their unwanted newborns to childless couples using fake documents. Sometimes, they even resorted to smuggling babies after duping their mothers into believing they had delivered stillborns.
Eight people including two women have been arrested in connection with the racket.
According to sources, CID and local police raided Baidya Clinic and Sohon Nursing Home in Bagjola locality of Baduria Monday night. Sleuths recovered three newborns, two of which were found hidden in a biscuit carton at Sohon Nursing Home. The third baby was given back to her mother, identified as Sahida Bibi, a resident of Deganga, who had allegedly been told that she had delivered a stillborn.
“The private nursing home has been running an inter-state racket involving trafficking of newborns for the last three years. Those arrested have been identified as Satyajit Sinha, Nazma Bibi, Baikbul Baidya alias Baikbul Sheikh, Utpala Byapari, Prabhat Sarkar, Jhantu Biswas and Asadur Jaman. They all have been nabbed 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 DIG (CID) B L Meena.
According to sources, the racket was being executed with the help of an NGO called Subodh Memorial Trust, whose owner, Satyajit Sinha, would bring in childless couples under the guise of facilitating adoptions. The main trafficker, Nazma Bibi, wife of Bakbul Baidya who owned Baidya Clinic, used to look after the overall operation of the racket.
“They had a network in Delhi and other states as well. They would mainly target unmarried women and sell their babies. A full-fledged team was part of the racket. A woman called Utpala Byapari, associated with the alleged NGO was the mediator between the nursing home and the client. Prabhat Sarkar, a clerk from Habra with a law degree, used to take care of paperwork. Jhantu Biswas, his associate, would help him prepare fake legal documents. Amirul Biswas is a quack connected with the racket and Asadur Jaman was the owner of the nursing home,” said an official. The accused would charge less for deliveries to lure poor women.
Sources said the CID is trying to track down the couples who have bought babies from the NGO, which would allegedly promise to supply children according to their preference of gender and complexion. Investigations have revealed that while male babies were sold at around Rs 2 lakh, females were sold at half the price. “Fair-skinned babies sold at higher rates. This gang has sold approximately 25 to 30 newborns till date, but the exact number is yet to be ascertained,” said the official. As per the couples’ preferences, the NGO would allegedly get in touch with the nursing home owner, who would supply newborns as per the delivery dates of women admitted there. Sources alleged that in case of unavailability of unmarried women, they would steal newborns from the clinic after telling the mothers they had delivered stillborns.
“We didn’t receive a formal complaint, but locals had informed Baduria police and CID about suspicious activities in the nursing home. The agency then began monitoring the movement of Nazma Bibi. Then, based on a tip-off, a raid was conducted,” said the official.
Four of the eight accused have been sent to police custody for 14 days. Sources said three doctors were involved. “Child trafficking is a flourishing business mainly because people who want to adopt children do not want to go through the lengthy legitimate process,” said an official.
UPDATE: More arrests in Baduria child trafficking case: Doctor, three others held (24 November 2016)
Eight people, including two women, were already arrested in connection with the racket on Monday.
Four more persons including a doctor were arrested in connection with an inter-state newborn trafficking racket in Baduria on Wednesday. Eight people had been arrested after a raid on Monday.
“After prolonged interrogation, Dr Santosh Kr Samantha (60), a resident of Jessore Road, and three women were arrested today,” said Bharat Lal Meena DIG (CID).
Dr Samanta, attached to Sri Krishna Nursing Home, was arrested in the evening after being detained for several hours, said police.
Parmita Chatterjee, Prabha Parmanik and Putul Banerjee were arrested earlier in the day, said a CID official.
The racket was allegedly being carried out by two private clinics in Baduria, North-24 Parganas, with the help of an NGO for the past three years. CID officials and local police raided Baidya Clinic and Sohon Nursing Home in Bagjola locality of Baduria on Monday night.
Sleuths had recovered three newborns, two of whom were found hidden in a biscuit carton at Sohon Nursing Home. The third baby was returned to her mother, identified as Sahida Bibi, a resident of Deganga who had allegedly been told that she had delivered a stillborn.
“We got their (the women’s) names after interrogating those arrested from the locality. All these women are linked to different nursing homes running in the metropolis,” an IPS officer said.
Police are also interrogating retired doctors from government hospitals. “They claim they had no knowledge of the trafficking racket. They have said that they were simply delivering these babies,” said a senior police officer.
On Monday, the CID and the police had arrested Satyajit Sinha, Nazma Bibi, Baikbul Baidya alias Baikbul Sheikh, Utpala Byapari, Prabhat Sarkar, Jhantu Biswas and Asadur Jaman under sections 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 DIG (CID) B L Meena.
Their modus operandi, the police said, was to target unmarried mothers and impoverished parents, and convince them to “sell” their unwanted newborns to childless couples using fake documents.
Sometimes, they even resorted to smuggling babies after duping their mothers into believing they had delivered stillborns, police said.
Eight people, including two women, were already arrested in connection with the racket on Monday.
According to sources, the racket was being executed with the help of Sinha’s NGO called Subodh Memorial Trust. Sinha would allegedly bring in childless couples under the guise of facilitating adoptions. The main trafficker, Nazma Bibi, wife of Bakbul Baidya who owned Baidya Clinic, used to look after the overall operation of the racket.
Update: Two more arrested in Kolkata in child trafficking case (27 November 2016)
One more doctor and a woman were arrested by the CID for their alleged involvement in the child trafficking racket busted from Baduria in North 24 district, a senior CID official said.
Tapan Biswas associated with the Baduria nursing home, the second doctor arrested in this case, was held late last night from one of his relative’s place at Memari in Burdwan district where he was hiding.
Whereas Basanti Chakraborty, linked to the old age home for mentally challenged persons in Thakurpukur from where 10 babies were rescued, was arrested from a hideout close to her home this morning, the official said.
The latest arrests have taken the total number of persons held in connection case to 18.
Doctor Santosh Kumar Samanta, attached with College Street’s Sri Krishna nursing home in the city, was the first doctor arrested in the case.
“We had been in search of Biswas since the racket was busted on November 21. He has been actively involved with these people in the racket. He used to misdirect child-expecting couples coming to the Baduria nursing home. And when a baby was delivered, the doctor used to tell the family members that the mother has delivered a dead baby,” the official said.
Biswas and Basanti were brought to CID headquarters at Bhawani Bhawan here and grilled for long hours, he added.
Meanwhile, the CID was continuing its raids at several nursing homes in various districts of the state in connection with the case.
“Raids will continue until we reach the deepest root of this racket,” he said.
The CID has also exhumed remains of two infants from the compound of Sujit Memorial Trust at Machlandapur in Habra.
Update: Child trafficking : Two more doctors arrested (30 November 2016)
Kolkata, Nov 30 (PTI) Two more doctors alleged to be actively involved in the international child trafficking racket in the state have been arrested by the CID.
Dilip Ghosh, formerly working with state-run R G Kar Medical College and Hospital linked to Sri Krishna Nursing Home on College Street in the city and Nityananda Biswas were arrested by CID sleuths late last night for their alleged involvement in the racket, a senior CID officer said.
Both Ghosh and Biswas, he said, had played crucial roles in the child trafficking racket and have been involved with it for a long time.
With the two arrests, a total 20 people have been arrested by CID in a span of 10 days since the racket was unearthed at Baduria in North 24 Parganas.
Ghosh, a resident of Salt Lake, was called by CID yesterday afternoon for an over an hour-long grilling at its headquarters at Bhawani Bhawan.
During grilling it surfaced that the doctor, who is in his mid-60s, knew Santosh Kumar Samanta, who was associated with the same nursing home and was also arrested for his alleged involvement in the racket.
The doctor, who was an active member of BJP, was asked to surrender his passport during yesterdays grilling.
Biswas, a resident of Parnashree area of Behala, was picked up from his residence, the officer said. PTI SCH KK DV
UPDATE: Bengal child trafficking: Couple who bought baby for Rs 2 lakh ‘duped’ (1 December 2016)
They were rocking little Akansha on a cradle made of a discarded sari in the middle of the room. She kept moving her arms and feet playfully, staring at the mother who applied a small round black patch on her daughter’s forehead to save her from ominous gaze. The father and grandmother sat nearby indulgently. The mother sat beside the cradle, gently rocking it. The gaze of all three was fixed on the baby.
The picture of happiness in the Kalindi house changed as four CID officers entered on Tuesday evening and wanted to know whether the baby belonged to the couple.
The mother begged them to not take the baby away while the father stood at a corner. The only unperturbed soul in the room was two-month-old Akansha.
The couple was worried as they didn’t have the baby’s birth certificate whom they bought for Rs 2 lakh.
This family in Kalindi near Dumdum was the first to buy a baby from the inter-state child-trafficking racket that the police busted earlier this month.
According to CID sources, it was a case of duping.
“The Kalindi case is a perfect example of how gullible couples were taken for a ride. This couple bought a baby but didn’t even have a basic document like a birth certificate,” a source told HT.
The couple were married in 2012 but remained without a child for the next four years, when it struck them that they could buy one from the market.
The family could ill afford Rs 2 lakh, but the fierce desire of parenthood led them to pawn whatever little gold ornaments they had and raise loans to pay the racketeers.
They brought the baby home when she was only a few days old. The couple named her Akansha (desire) to mark her arrival as a fulfilment of their desire.
They handed over the cash to Utpala Byapari alias Poly, who was attached with Sohan Nursing Home and Sujit Dutta Memorial Trust, an NGO, both in North 24 Parganas. Poly was arrested on November 21, when the racket was busted, along with seven others.
The couple begged the sleuths to let them keep the baby. The CID didn’t intend to bring back the baby as it has no infrastructure to keep the babies.
ESI Medical College and Hospital in Joka, where the 10 newborns rescued from Purbasha old-age home near Thakurpukur, were kept, has already asked the CID to take away the babies as they were “blocking beds” in the hospital.