C Times, 29 July 2017, Agartala
The West Bengal Criminal Investigation Department (CID) went to the residence of Roopa Ganguly, BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP, and here for questioning her in connection with a child trafficking case in Jalpaiguri. A team of the agency’s officers went to Ganguly’s south Kolkata house to question her over her alleged meeting with former BJP women wing general secretary Juhi Chowdhury, an accused in the case who was under arrest, a source said.
The probe agency had arrested several people, including the head of a child protection agency in Darjeeling and a member of a child welfare committee, on charges of child trafficking.
Those arrests were part of a widening probe into the adoption racket at the Bimala Shishu Griho, a children’s home in Jalpaiguri town. Juhi Chowdhury and the chief adoption officer of the children’s home, Sonali Mondal, the home’s chairperson Chandana Chakraborty and her brother Manas Bhowmik were arrested earlier.
They have been charged with selling about 16 children, aged between one and 13 years, to foreigners while falsely claiming that the children were handed over for legal adoption to needy couples after due screening and official procedures.
The CID had excavated a child trafficking racket earlier this year under which babies and children were allegedly sold, some to foreigners, through illegal adoption deals. The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had also summoned BJP national general secretary Kailash Biyayvargiya and two other leaders for questioning in the same case.
The Central Investigation Department had excavated the child trafficking racket during raids in Behala in the southern fringes of Kolkata, at homes and nursing homes in the Baduria area of North 14 Parganas district and some other parts of south Bengal in October last year.