West Bengal : In a major breakthrough, West Bengal Police has charged a BJP leader in a child trafficking case involving an NGO, which allegedly sold infants on the pretext of adoption.
According to news reports, Juhi Choudhury, a BJP Mahila Morcha (women’s wing) leader has been named in the FIR by the CID, which has arrested two officials of the NGO Bimala Shishu Griha — its chairperson Chandana Chakraborty and chief adoption officer Sonali Mondol — from Jalpaiguri in north Bengal since Saturday.
The busted child trafficking ring allegedly sold two dozen children to different parts of India and countries like US and France, CID sources said.
CID sleuths, however, said the BJP leader took Chakraborty to Delhi to meet central government officials. Both of them met a number of times and Choudhury helped run the NGO.
Choudhury is a resident of Maynaguri area where Chakraborty used to work as a school teacher.
“We were receiving complaints of child trafficking against two children’s home- Ashray and Bimala Sishugriha, which were run by Chandana Chakraborty led NGO- North Bengal People’s Development Centre,” a senior official of WB CID told IBNS.
“We have arrested two officials of the NGO home and more people have been detained. Interrogation is on. We are also conducting raids at different places,” a senior CID officer said.
The accused have been booked under different sections of IPC and Juvenile Justice Act relating to child trafficking, conspiracy and others.
Sleuths had information that the NGO was engaged in trafficking of children and kept a watch for the past couple of months.
“The NGO used to target virgin mothers and bought newborns from them. Later those babies were sold to childless couples from other states or countries in the name of adoption with false documents,” the officer further said.
According to police, the NGO sold babies and children at a price, disregarding adoption rules.
Last November, the CID busted an inter-state baby trafficking ring following raids in Kolkata and North 24 Parganas districts and rescued thirteen babies and arrested 20 persons, including doctors, quacks and nursing home staffs. The ring involved nursing homes, hospitals, NGO homes in at least four districts of Bengal and other 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.
In February this year, CID named two doctors including a local BJP leader among 19 people in a charge sheet submitted to additional chief judicial magistrate’s court in Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district.