Tension ran high at Jharkhali under the Basanti police station in South 24 Parganas on Thursday after some local people recovered a newborn from inside a bush.
Police said that the local residents found the baby lying near a health centre at Jharkahli. They
told the police that they heard the baby crying from inside the bush.
The baby was taken to a health centre. After being informed, the police reached the spot and started an investigation in this regard.
Police are investigating if there is an involvement of any trafficking racket.
It may be mentioned that senior health department officials in the district had carried out raids at various nursing homes in the district after the infant trafficking racket was busted in the state.
Police are investigating if the infant was lifted from any private or state run hospitals in the district
and if this was a part of a trafficking racket.
Police said that the baby has been undergoing treatment at a hospital and his condition is stated to be stable now.
Police are trying to identify the baby and are contacting the nearby hospitals.
According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the infant might have been taken from a hospital by the traffickers.
Having found no option to sell the baby, the accused might have left the baby in the bush.
Following the arrest of many infant traffickers, people involved in such corrupt practice are not taking the risk to sell any babies who were stolen before the incident came to light.
It may be mentioned that after the infant trafficking racket came to light, many infants were recovered from various places across the state.
A few days ago, three babies were recovered from a bush at Falta in South 24 Parganas.
The Railway Protection Forces, one month ago, recovered a newborn baby from inside an unreserved compartment of the Jamalpur-Malda Intercity Express.
In a similar incident, a newborn baby was found lying in a playground Ulora village under Memari in Burdwan couple of days ago.