Kingpin In Child Trafficking Row Arrested

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Kolkata: Days after busting a child trafficking racket in Baduria, the criminal investigation department (CID) on Saturday late night arrested the kingpin of this racket from Memari in Bardhaman district where he was hiding.

Tapan Biswas, who was absconding since the racket got busted, was arrested from Memari’s Sri Pally where he was hiding. He is a doctor by profession.

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As per CID sources, he has been actively involved with the Baduria Hospital. He used to manipulate the couples. He also had the responsibility of seeing that the patients do not go away to any other hospitals. The CID has been interrogating continuously since his arrest.

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.

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