The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Saturday rescued another 20 babies from an old age home from Falta in South 24 Parganas who are believed to have been kept there for trafficking.
The investigating officers have started a probe in this regard and the babies were taken to a home in South 24 Parganas. Meanwhile, the CID on Saturday carried out raids in various places of Nadia, North 24 Parganas and Hooghly in this connection.
Police are also conducting raids to nab some doctors who were involved in the infant trafficking racket.
Meanwhile, some of the ten newborn girl children who were rescued from an old age home at Thakurpukur by the CID on Friday are stated to be in critical condition. According to the doctors at the Joka ESI Hospital the newborns would have died had there been a delay in the rescue operation by another 10 days.
It was learnt that one of the babies has been suffering from Thalassemia while four others were down with pneumonia and the rest have high fever. Additionally, all of them have been suffering from malnutrition.
A doctor in the hospital said that the babies were in terrible condition when they were brought to the hospital on Friday night.
They did not have proper growth as they were not given their mother’s milk. Many of these babies have developed skin diseases as they were kept on the floor.
In another development, CID officials sealed the office of Millennium Old Age Home and Welfare Centre, run by an NGO at Dostipur of Falta in South 24 Parganas where around 20 babies were kept for trafficking, the CID suspect.
After interrogating the other accused, the senior CID officials came to know about the incident and raided the home on Saturday afternoon. The babies were sent to a Home at Laxmikantapur.
After a thorough checking up of the babies, the doctors believe that it would take some time to heal them completely.
Bimal Adhikari, an accused arrested in this connection was remanded in CID Custody after being
produced at Basirhat Sub-divisional court on Saturday.