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Mamata Banerjee asks for crack-down on child trafficking

By Ians English

Kolkata, March 28: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday directed the state police and the bureaucracy to responsibly monitor the issue of child trafficking and stop the traffickers at all costs.

Mamata Banerjee

"The police and the block development officers have to take responsibility to thoroughly monitor the issue of child trafficking in the state. Whoever is involved in trafficking should not be spared," Banerjee said during an administrative meeting in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district.

She also asked the the other departments associated with the matter to play their role so that trafficking can be stopped.

"Apart from the police and the BDOs, those who are associated with child welfare have to look into the issue. This is also a responsibility of the Social Welfare Officers. The Women and Child Department also has to play the role they are expected to," the Trinamool Congress supremo said.

Banerjee's comments come against the backdrop of a recent crackdown at a Jalpaiguri-based child adoption centre, for its alleged involvement in several cases of child trafficking.

According to CID sources, 17 newborns were trafficked to various parts of India and abroad in the name of adoption by producing manufactured documents.

Several persons, including political leaders, child protection officers, doctors and owners of the accused child adoption centre, were arrested by the sleuths earlier this month for involvement in the case.


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