THE CHILD welfare committee in Cooch Behar’s Mahisabathana have rescued two newborns from two women from Chakchaka area. The two women, who were arrested on Tuesday night, are suspected to have links to the inter-state newborn trafficking case that was recently busted by the state CID in North-24 Parganas, said police.
While the two women, Sathi Acharya and Sheuli Das, have been remanded to seven days police custody, the children have been sent to another home in Baneshbrer. Sources in the police said that during interrogation, Acharya has claimed that Das had handed over the babies to her.
The FIR lodged on the basis of a complaint by the child welfare committee at Kotwali police station, also names a gynaecologist, Nikhilendu Mahapatra. During interrogation, Acharya has reportedly claimed that she wanted to open a home for children with Mahapatra. “We believe they are a part of larger racket,” said a police officer. Police have launched a manhunt to arrest Mahapatra.
Sources in the police said Mahapatra was associated with a private nursing home in Kolkata for the last few years. “Sheuli, who is a resident of Chakchaka in Cooch Behar, had good relations with him. We are trying to find out the private nursing home Mahapatra was associated with,” said a police officer.