SNS, Alipurduar, 20 February: Frontal organisations of both the Trinamul Congress and the Lett Front staged an agitation in Jalpaiguri demanding stern action against the arrested per¬sons in child trafficking case in Jalpaiguri.
Democratic Women Association of CPI-M staged the agitation against the accused at Kotwali police station demanding stern action in the child trafficking case in the name of child adoption in Jalpaiguri town.
On the other hand, Trinamul Chhatra Parisad members staged an agitation in front of the district party office of BJP at DBC road in Jalpaiguri town demanding immediate arrest of BJP leaders involved in the child theft case.
Notably a special team of CID had arrested two women for their involvement in child trafficking from destitute homes in the name of child adoption on Saturday. One of the arrested women, Chandana Chakraborty, is the chairperson of North Bengal Peoples Development Centre, the only legal child adoption centre in Jalpaiguri district.
The Jalpaiguri district special court yesterday had ordered the arrested duo to 13-day police remand. The CID team had raided three destitute homes of the adoption agency in Jalpaiguri town.
Interestingly CID has filed a case against Juhi Choudhury, daughter of ex-Jalpaiguri district BJP president Rabindra Narayan Choudhuri, as Juhi allegedly was associated with Chandana.
Juhi Choudhury is the general secretary of state Mohila Morcha of BJP.
Srikant Thakur, SNS, Balurghat,20 February:Authorities here are preparing papers for issuing no objection certificate' (NOC) for adoption of two babies out of the five, who were shifted to a home at Hilli in South Dinajpur from disputed Jalpaiguri home that is under the scanner of CID for alleged infant trafficking to foreign countries.
As per Hilli home records, Madhura, a nine-month-old baby has been 'booked' for Singapore through a 'proper channel' and all the papers had been prepared.
Even the NOC has been handed over to the disputed home.
Ipsha, another eight-month-old baby, has also'booked' for Italy and her paper of NOC is under process. After receiving the order from authorities concerned, both of them will be handed over.
When asked to comment, the district magistrate said. "We didn't have any information about adoption process for those babies.
After some internal problem and controversy in Jalpaiguri orphan home, organised by the North Bengal People's Development Society, five orphans were shifted to Hilli Nowpara Teor Samaj Kalyan Samiti's home through the Jalpaiguri district administration for the safety of the infants.
On 22 January, Biswajit (9 years), Chandni (3 years), and Prahalad (four months old) were shifted during the first phase of the process. On 3 February, two more infants Ipsha and Madhura were handed over to Teor Samaj Kalyan Samity through the Child Welfare Committee.
All of them arenow under proper care of the Child Welfare Committee of South Dinajpur at Nowpara Teor Samaj Kalyan Samiti.
The organiser of the home, Mr Amulya Kumar Biswas, said, "As per the government's order, we have received the infants from Jalpaiguri home. They are all physically fit and we are providing all possible care to them as much as we can."
Speaking on the same issue, Mr Jitesh Debnath, one of the home employees, said, "The process for adoption in foreign country is under progress. We have already received the NOC for Madhura. The next step w ill be taken as per instructions from the authorities".
Superintendent of police, South Dinajpur, Mr Prasun Banerjee said, "Officially, we have not received any paper regarding the issue. If anybody appeals for this, we will take a decision after having a discussion with all departments concerned."
"We have received the babies as per department's request. If they again send us any instruction through a proper channel, we will hand the infants back," said the district magistrate of South Dinajpur Mr Sanjoy Basu.
"But we didn't have any information about the adoption process," he added.