Howrah’s ex-deputy mayor’s daughter-in-law detained for “selling” newborn babies | Calcutta

PTI | | Posted by Sharangee Dutta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

The daughter-in-law of the former deputy mayor of Howrah, Minati Adhikari, and a state government official were among 10 people arrested in Salkia, West Bengal, for allegedly selling infants to a center adoption, police said on Saturday.

Acting on complaints, Howrah Town Police Commissioner C Sudhakar raided the Cradle Baby Center on Friday evening and arrested 10 people, including the woman, who ran the adoption center during the course. for the past five years, and the West Bengal civil service. (WBCS), said a senior officer.

Several babies were removed from the private home by police during the raid, he said.

“We had received several complaints against this NGO, including allegations of selling babies under the pretext of running the house and that there had been incidents of infant abuse.

“A team of investigators had been assembled to investigate the case. They found several discrepancies, as a result of which we made the arrests and registered a case under the POCSO law,” the officer told PTI. .

He said further investigation is underway to determine whether the non-governmental organization (NGO) has any links to interstate child trafficking rackets.

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