Bengal nursing home owners held in child trafficking racket

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Kolkata, March 4 (IANS) A father-son duo, owners of a nursing home allegedly used as a “safe house” for trafficking children, have been arrested in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district, police said on Saturday.

Harisadhan Khan and Prabir Khan were held from Bhadura area under Falta police station where they own the “Jiban Deep” nursing home.

Three babies, aged between three-six months, were recovered from a bush near Falta on November 29, prompting police to begin investigation.

Some suspects were arrested, and based on the information gleaned from them, police took the father and son into custody on Friday night.

“They have admitted during interrogation that they were a part in the child trafficking racket. They used to use the nursing home as a safe house.

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“The children used to be brought to the nursing home from various places, and then sold for adoption,” said Additional Superintendent of Police Chandrasekhar Bardhan.

Police claimed that the nursing home was being run without any permission and license. It has been sealed.

This is the third child trafficking racket busted in the state in the past couple of months.

A number of doctors, hospital owners, nurses and attendants have been arrested by the state police’s CID in November-December last year following the unearthing of a newborn child trafficking racket in North 24 Parganas district’s Baduria.

Last month, another sensational case came to light in northern West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district where six people – doctor Debasish Chanda, government official Mrinal Ghosh, BJP leader Juhi Chowdhury, child adoption centre chairperson-cum primary school headmistress Chandana Chakraborty, and two of her aides Sonali Mondal and Manas Bhowmick – have been arrested by the CID.

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Chanda and Ghosh, arrested on Friday, have been remanded to CID custody for six days.



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