KOLKATA: The CID today exhumed bodies of two infants from the campus of an NGO, which was allegedly involved in international human trafficking in North 24 Parganas district, hours after ten babies were rescued from an old age home in the city.
After questioning one of the accused who was arrested earlier in connection with the trafficking racket, the CID recovered the bodies from the compound of 'Sujit Memorial Trust' at Machlandapur in Habra, a senior CID official said.
During interrogation, it surfaced that the culprits involved in this racket used to bury the babies, who had died while being shifted from one hiding place to another. "Several nursing homes, clinics and NGOs are involved in this racket and whenever babies died while being shifted from one place to another, these traffickers used to bury them in and around the places where they were kept," the CID official said.
The CID was also conducting operations in various places of Baduria in North 24 Parganas in search of such bodies. Meanwhile, the CID rescued 10 babies, all girl children ranging from one to ten months old, during a raid from the third floor of 'Purbasha', an old age home for mentally challenged at Kolagachhiya in Thakurpukur police station limits. A woman was arrested for her alleged involvement in the case.
"These babies were recently shifted by one of the accused in this case who is at large," the CID official said. Reena Banerjee, daughter of a co-accused Putul Banerjee held earlier in this connection, was arrested while two women were detained during the early morning raid at the old age home, the official said. With this, the total number of arrests has risen to 15, including seven women.
The arrested have been booked under Sections 369 (kidnapping or abducting child under ten years), 370 (buying or disposing of any person as a slave) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of IPC. The racket used to smuggle newborns to other states and abroad in cardboard boxes meant for biscuit packaging.