Bengal child trafficking: BJP's Juhi Chowdhury arrested, others under scanner

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"But I think Ms. Chowdhury's involvement is limited to the official matters [of the related child care home in North Bengal] and she is not directly involved in child trafficking", he said.

The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested Juhi Chowdhury, general secretary of the BJP's women's wing in the state from the Indo-Nepal border late on Tuesday night. She was arrested from Batasi area under Kharibari police station in Siliguri sub-division.

Chowdhury said that the investigation would bring out the truth whether she was involved in the racket.

With Chowdhury's arrest, four persons have been arrested so far for their alleged involvement in selling of babies and children in India and overseas in the last few months from an NGO "Bimala Sishu Griho".

She was absconding since the last few days after her name came out in connection with the trafficking of at least 17 children.

Chakraborty, chairperson of Jalpaiguri-based child adoption centre Bimala Sishu Griho, was arrested with Chief Adoption Officer Sonali Mondal for selling at least 17 children through shady adoption deals.

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"Glaringly shameful is the latest news reflecting arrest of BJP leader Juhi Chowdhury in a child trafficking racket".

Juhee Choudhury is the West Bengal BJP Mahila Morcha general secretary.

BJP state president Dilip Ghosh had denied the allegation saying Chowdhury was being victimised as part of a larger political conspiracy. Ghosh has said those in public life support many such social causes and it was not possible to independently undertake background checks of all such NGO's who seek support.

The CID had in January received a complaint from the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) about irregularities prevailing in three child care homes run by Chakraborty.

"We have a legal cell that will try to obtain bail for her. Let the law take its course". Ms Choudhury has been booked for trafficking babies by the CID that believes she was colluding with Chakraborty in selling babies in India and overseas. The party isn't calling her innocent or guilty as of now. "The CID is working as a party wing of TMC", he said. Vijayvargia has said that the party does not trust the investigation by the West Bengal government.

Asked about the issue before Chowdhury's arrest, Ganguly shot back: "Why should I respond to what an accused has said?"