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Child protection officer held in Bengal child trafficking case

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Their arrest is part of a widening probe into the adoption racket at the Bimala Shishu Griho, a children’s home in Jalpaiguri town.

Jalpaiguri : The CID has arrested the head of a child protection agency in Darjeeling and a member of a child welfare committee on charges of selling babies and children, some to foreigners, through questionable adoption deals, police said.

They said that Mrinal Ghosh, the Darjeeling District Child Protection Officer, and Debashish Chandra, a district Child Welfare Committee member, were initially detained and questioned at Pintail village in Siliguri on Friday, and subsequently arrested. Their arrest is part of a widening probe into the adoption racket at the Bimala Shishu Griho, a children’s home in Jalpaiguri town.


The probe had previously led to the arrest of state BJP women’s wing leader, Juhi Chowdhury, and three others. They include Sonali Mondal, the chief adoption officer of the children’s home, the home’s chairperson Chandana Chakraborty and her brother Manas Bhowmik.

They have been charged with selling about 17 children, aged between 1 and 14 years, to foreigners by entering into shady adoption deals.–PTI