Kolkata, December 5, 2016: In the wake of a child smuggling racket being unearthed in the state, the West Bengal government on Monday announced setting up a panel for prevention of child trafficking.
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Making the announcement in the assembly, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the panel will be headed by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee and will comprise members from the opposition parties – Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist.
The other members of the panel will be state Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and the Director General of Police.
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“This racket is spread to far-flung areas and linked to different states. Around 24 people have been arrested in this connection,” Banerjee told the assembly.
The CID busted the racket in November after raiding a nursing home and polyclinic in Baduria in North 24 Parganas district.
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Subsequently, police recovered three children including a baby girl from South 24 Parganas district, while 10 more newborn girls were recovered from a Kolkata-based old age home in November.
The opposition Congress has been demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the inter-state child smuggling racket. (IANS)