Burdwan police have sealed a private nursing home and arrested three persons, including the owner of the nursing home, after an allegation has been surfaced that a child trafficking racket has been operating from there.
Apart from the owner, two Ayaas supposed to look after the newborns and their mother at the nursing home have been arrested on charges of attempting to sell a baby. The incident had triggered tension in the nursing home on Sunday after some local people had caught one of the two Ayaas while fleeing with a baby.
Police said that some local people had caught the accused woman, Roshnara Khatun, after she sold a newborn baby to a childless couple.
Timely intervention of the local people helped to rescue the baby. The accused Roshnara during interrogation confessed her guilt and told the police that she was trying to sell the infant to a childless couple for money. She also named another Ayaa who has been involved in the crime.
On the basis of the investigation, police have arrested Sandhya Mitra in this connection so far. Police have also held the owner of the nursing home Sadhan Kumar Ghatak.
Police said that a woman, a resident of Sarbamangola area in Burdwan was admitted to the nursing home. She gave birth to a child on Sunday morning.
Immediately after the incident, the accused Roshnara stole the baby and fled from the hospital.
She later sold her to Khokon Seikh and his wife who incidentally stay in the same village where the victim woman has been living.
During the night, the local people heard the crying baby from the house of the couple and it aroused suspicion amongst the local residents. They reached the house and found the new born girl. After being interrogated by the local people, the couple confessed the whole incident.
The local residents gheraoed the house of Roshnara. When she came out of the house the mob had beaten her up. The accused admitted her crime as a result of this the local people handed her over to the police. Local people alleged that the accused has been working as a child lifter and used to work at various nursing homes as attendants.
In the interrogation, the police came to know that the nursing home authorities were involved in the incident.
In the face of the interrogation the couple informed the police that few days ago the accused told them she would provide them a newborn baby in a low price.
On Sunday evening, when Khokon was away from home the woman sold the baby to his wife for Rs 10,000.
Police are carrying out an investigation to find if the nursing home has been a part of the international infant smuggling racket that has been operating from the state.