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Jalpaiguri child-trafficking case: CID arrests child protection officer

Jalpaiguri child-trafficking case: CID arrests child protection officer :- Darjeeling Child Protection Officer Mrinal Ghosh and a member of Child Welfare Committee Debasish were today remanded to a six-day police custody by a local court in connection with the child trafficking as well as illegal adoption racket.

The order was passed by the court of Jalpaiguri Chief Judicial Magistrate Himalin Bhattacharya.Their arrest yesterday was part of a probe into the adoption racket at Bimala Shishu Griho, a children’s home in Jalpaiguri in West Bengal.

The court also sent the home’s chairperson Chakraborty, her brother Manas Bhowmik and its chief adoption officer Sonali Mondal to 14-15 day jail custody.

They are accused of selling about 17-18 children who aged between 1 and 14, to foreigners by entering into shady adoption deals.

Police charged them under IPC sections 417 cheating, 420 cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property, 370 buying/disposing of any person, 120criminal conspiracy, 468 forgery and other sections of the Juvenile Justice Act.

The probe into the case had led to the arrest of BJP women’s wing leader Juhi Chowdhury, who is in CID custody at Pintail village.

The CID had unearthed the child trafficking racket during raids in Baduria North 24 Parganas district, Behala in the southern fringes of Kolkata and other parts of south Bengal last year.