As many as 24 foetuses, inside a container covered with a sack, were found near a pond in Habra under North 24 Paraganas district on Friday.
Police suspect that nursing homes involved in illegal abortions may have dumped the bodies.
“Nearly 24 foetuses have been found. The administration is looking into it,” said Tapan Saha, Chief Health Officer of Habra.
“The blood-stained sack was first spotted by locals when they gathered to catch fish from the pond at Mogra at 4.30 pm. When they opened it, they found containers filled with foetuses,” said a police officer.
The police are now questioning people who are associated with nearby nursing homes.
The foetuses have sent to Habra State General Hospital for examination. Habra police have filed a case against unidentified people.
“There are many illegal adoption centres that have mushroomed in these areas over a period of time. These foetuses may have been left by them. They have been sent for forensic examination,” said another officer.
According to sources, such abortion centres are growing in numbers in areas such as Habra, Ashoknagar, Gaighata and Baduria. Police suspect that NGOs, nursing homes, doctors and middlemen colludedto dispose of foetuses.
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