Five Arrested On Charges Of Child Trafficking In West Bengal

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Five Arrested On Charges Of Child Trafficking In West Bengal

KOLKATA: Five people, including the owner of a private nursing home in North 24 Parganas district, were arrested on Saturday on the charge of being involved in the trafficking of an 11-day-old child. The couple who had allegedly sold the newly-born girl for Rs 60,000 from the nursing home at Ashok Nagar locality of Habra, was arrested by the police.The other two accused were the nursing home’s caretaker and a quack attached to the facility. The nursing home is located in Ashok Nagar locality of Habra. 

The incident came to light on Saturday after the couple went to Habra hospital with a newly born girl, who was ill, but failed to produce documents regarding her birth. The hospital authorities suspected foul play and informed the police who questioned the couple and came to know about the alleged trafficking racket.The investigative officers have sought the nod of a local court to seal the nursing home, where the alleged racket was functioning.The court has remanded the caretaker and the accused quack to eight days' police custody and the other accused have been moved to judicial custody.