There was high drama before the police arrested Juhi Choudhury on Tuesday night, a BJP leader, regarding the baby selling racket in West Bengal.
The CID had been able to track her down to a house in Kharibari block of Darjeeling, only a 10-minute drive from the Indo-Nepal border. The data was that Ms Chaudhury – who had slipped into Nepal after the police held up the case 10 days prior – had returned.
She had been on the run but this time, the cops had an address, but they did not want to alert her if she wasn’t in.
Some of the cops got hold of saffron robes, and disguised themselves as sanyasis (ascetics) on their rounds for alms. This was the recce team that was to ensure Ms Chaudhury was at home. She was. The rest of the policemen jumped in soon after.
As indicated by the police, Ms Chaudhury played an active part in the baby selling racket in Jalpaiguri in North Bengal that has blown into a full-fledged political row between the BJP and the Trinamool Congress that is in power in the state.
Juhi Choudhury, the police say was avoiding arrest and got away to Nepal after Chandana Chakraborty, who headed the NGO and Sonali Mondal one of her partners a month ago. She was produced before a court that remanded her in the CID’s custody for the next 12 days.
The CID test began after infants were found being trafficked in biscuit boxes in Baduria in North 24 Parganas a year ago.
Chandana Chakraborty reportedly told the CID that Ms Choudhury, the ladies’ wing chief of the BJP’s Jalpaiguri unit – helped her with permissions to run her home from where at least 17 infants were allegedly sold. Ms Choudhury has been reserved for trafficking babies by the CID that trusts she was colluding with Chakraborty in selling babies in India and abroad.
Police sources say Juhi Choudhury contacted senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya through Rajya Sabha member Roopa Ganguly for help from the central government and licence renewal for ‘Ashray, the home Chandana Chakraborty ran.
The CID is investigating if Ms Ganguly knew about Juhi Choudhury’s activities and if Juhi had looked for her help for clearances for the home.
Mr Vijayvargiya rejected the allegations, questioning the probe that he demanded was being directed by the ruling Trinamool Congress. Ms Ganguly didn’t think there was a need to react to everything a blamed says in front for a TV channel.
Ms Chaudhury’s questioning is critical to finding who else is included in the racket and if need be, political leaders with links to Juhi Choudhury too could be brought in, a CID source stated, a clue that there could be more twists and turns in this story.