Jagatsinghpur: Local police arrested a doctor and owner of a clinic Paramananda Acharya and another person Arabinda Khuntia from Cuttack on Thursday for allegedly running a child trafficking racket.
The case was filed against the private clinic owner here three years ago. The racket was allegedly involved in the abortion of minor girls, keeping unclaimed infants and suspected child trafficking.
The accused were arrested on the basis of an FIR filed by chairperson of child welfare committee (CWC) Biseswari Mohanty back in 2018 when two unclaimed babies were rescued from the clinic, reported The New Indian Express.
According to the paper’s sources, several private clinics in the district’s rural areas are operating without a license. The clinic concerned is also carrying out delivery of unwed mothers and illegal trafficking of those babies after their mothers abandon them, the report said.
Acting on a tip-off in 2018, the district child protection and police had raided an unlicensed private clinic in Jagatsinghpur town and rescued two infants — a month-old female child and a 15-month-old male child. Their mothers had reportedly left them at the clinic.