Eight people have been arrested from West Bengal’s Bhaduria for trafficking of infants, some even 24 hours old, by bundling them into biscuit cartoons. As per a report on NDTV, the babies were allegedly packed by the staff at a nursing home in the city and sent by road to a government hospital where they were sold.
The report says that the accused were caught red-handed when the police raided the hospital. The police officials were stunned to discover the babies, some hours old, packed in biscuit cartons. The arrests were made from Bhaduria in 24 Parganas, 85 km from the state capital of Kolkata.
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Babies, some just 24 hours old, were bundled into biscuit cartons, allegedly by the staff at a nursing home in West Bengal and sent by road to a government hospital where they were sold, the police say.
The police believe that young, unmarried women who were pregnant were paid by the clinic not to have an abortion, and instead leave their infants at the clinic. As per the report, three lakhs were paid for a baby boy, while one lakh for a girl. After the birth, the infants were shifted to a nearby state-run hospital in Basirhat for post-delivery care, from where they were smuggled to be sold. The report says that the racket operated for three years before it was busted.