The newborn traffickers of Jalpaiguri were constantly on the lookout for unwed mothers who were not in a position to keep and rear their children, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) sleuths have found out.
While, police have arrested Chandana Chakraborty chairperson and Sonali Mondol chief adoption officer of the NGO, police is on the lookout of Juhi Chowdhury, a district leader of BJP women’s wing, who was named in the FIR registered by CID.
Chandana and Sonali not only kept a hawk eye themselves but also maintained a network of agents for prospective unwed mothers. The agents informed and contacted the unwed mothers in Jalpaiguri, Siliguri and Darjeeling areas, who were then lured into the racket.
Almost always from poor and lower middle class families, these unwed mothers were afraid of social stigma and were easy prey for the racketeers.
Meanwhile, father of Chowdhury, who is a senior leader of BJP arrived at the state headquarters of the party in Tuesday to explain his stand. “My daughter is staying away from the police after seeing the degree of torture and persecution in the state. She is innocent,” he told the media on Tuesday evening.
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.