Newborn trafficking racket: BJP leader quizzed over links to nursing home

Dr Dilip Ghosh, a resident of Salt Lake, was allegedly associated with Sri Krishna Nursing Home on College Street for over 21 years.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:November 30, 2016 5:27 am
At a protest against the trafficking racket in Kolkata on Tuesday. Partha Paul At a protest against the trafficking racket in Kolkata on Tuesday. Partha Paul

The CID Tuesday interrogated a doctor, who is also a BJP member, over his alleged links to a Kolkata-based nursing home involved in a newborn trafficking racket recently busted by the agency. Dr Dilip Ghosh, a resident of Salt Lake, was allegedly associated with Sri Krishna Nursing Home on College Street for over 21 years. It is alleged that he was very close to Dr Santosh Kumar Samanta of the same home, who was recently arrested in connection with the racket.

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Dr Ghosh has been asked by CID officials to hand in his passport. “We will interrogate him tomorrow as well. He has been asked to cooperate by not leaving Kolkata. His name has popped up during the investigation. He was associated with this nursing home, which has been found to be involved in trafficking of newborn babies, for 21 years,” said an official.

Dr Ghosh was connected with the nursing home from 1994 to 2012, and was in touch with Dr Samanta, one of the key accused in the racket, even afterwards, claimed a source. “We are interrogating whoever is associated with the nursing home. It is too early to say if he was aware of the racket or not,” said an official.

Speaking to The Indian Express over phone, Dr Ghosh said, “Yes I was interrogated. I am ready to cooperate. I have nothing to hide.” BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said, “He is a party member who had contested in the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation. He was associated with the nursing home till four years ago, hence he was interrogated. He is ready to cooperate. Officials have said the accused have denied his involvement.”

Meanwhile, Partha Chatterjee, the arrested owner of the Sri Krishna Nursing Home, had confessed his crime, said sources. The CID had also recorded the statement of the family of one of the victims, who had mentioned the name of another doctor, Nityananda Biswas, who was also interrogated Monday.

“We have arrested 18 so far. Almost everyone has confessed to their crimes. We are trying to trace the network of the mastermind quack Tapan Kumar Biswas,” said a CID official. The sleuths allegedly had a tough time grilling Biswas. “He took time to break. But what we have understood so far is that the nursing home was used to supply newborn babies to NGOs, which used to sell them to clients. The agent used to play an important role in this cycle. Two such agents are on radar,” a source told The Indian Express. The newborns were allegedly shifted to NGOs by traffickers like Basanti and Nazma (already arrested).

Lack of documentation has become a major obstacle in the investigation, said sources. Though there are many people under the scanner, lack of paperwork and victims’ statements was making it difficult for the CID. However, sources said they had launched a helpline for information on the racket as they had received reliable tip-offs from locals regarding the case.