Update: 2 skeletons of babies were recovered from Mahalandpur behind the office of the NGO on Friday. The CID officers are still at the spot. It is being presumed by the CID officers that more skeletons might be beneath the ground.
Kolkata: On Thursday night, ten children were recovered from Thakurpukur’s home By CID. CID raided the home and recovered them. Two women members were held in this connection. Earlier, CID arrested the owner of a College Street based nursing home – arrest number 13 – in the ongoing baby trafficking probe, the state investigating agency recorded the statement of a victim from Baduria whose baby was in the process of being trafficked.
This baby was one of the three babies recovered from the gang on Monday night and remains the first instance of returning the toddler to his biological mother. Investigators say that with this direct evidence, they can now build their case which would have been otherwise to prove unless the real mothers came forward to claim their legitimate babies.
CID officials said the arrest of Partha Chatterjee – the owner of Ramkrishna nursing Home at College Street – on Thursday morning was important given Chatterjee played a key role in coordinating with the NGO from Machhlandapur in arranging babies. He has been slapped IPC sections 369 (Kidnapping or abducting child under ten years with intent to steal from its person), 370 (Buying or disposing of any person as a slave), 315 ( Act done with intent to prevent child being born alive or to cause it to die after birth) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).