The couple accused of kidnapping an infant from a government hospital here was arrested on Wednesday and produced in court, which remanded them to police custody till March 24. Police claimed that the woman Chinmoyee Beiz had confessed. However, her husband Prashanto Beiz, while being escorted from the court, said, “We have been framed. He (the infant) is our own.”
On Tuesday, an infant was “rescued” from their home at Bagmari near Manicktala following a tip-off. It is yet to established if the infant is the same as the one who was “abducted” from the hospital. Police said a DNA test will be conducted soon to establish parentage. Police had earlier announced a Rs 1 lakh reward for information on the abducted child.
“The person who helped in tracing the child will be rewarded, but if we discover foul play, then we won’t reward them and will take necessary action. The investigation is still at an early stage. The accused couple did not stay very far from the place where the parents of the abducted child lived. Let us investigate before drawing any conclusion,” said Rajiv Kumar, Kolkata Police Commissioner.
Joint CP (crime) Vishal Garg said, “We have arrested the couple under sections 370 (trafficking) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. The couple is not cooperating with the investigation. The child is under the custody of the mother of the abducted child Saraswati Naskar.”
According to police sources, Chinmoyee has a six-year-old daughter and wanted a son. She allegedly had miscarriage last year but informed everyone, including her in-laws, that her due date was in 2017.
The victim’s family seems convinced the child that was “rescued” is theirs.
“Someone must have told her that Saraswati was going to deliver. We heard that she knew her delivery date as well. She abducted the child and took her at her residence. Later with the help of local people she was traced out. We are grateful to the police that they have rescued our child,” Ravi Naskar, close relative of the victim, told The Indian Express.
At Bagmari, a woman who stays close to the accused couple’s house, on condition of anonymity, said that she had investigated the couple’s “delivery”.
“When we heard of the abduction in the media, we were suspicious. Prashanto had earlier brought a doctor home and said his wife was in pain after delivering a child the same day,” she said. “We approached the doctor later and asked him if the baby was one-day old. When we found doctor to be suspicious as well, we went to the local child hospital where the couple had claimed to have delivered the child. There, too, we didn’t find evidence that she had delivered there. We contacted the councillor and informed police.”