In a stunning development in the utterly shocking child trafficking racket that has come to light at a centre of the Missionaries of Charity in Ranchi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has backed the religious congregation in the matter and accused the BJP.
Issuing a tweet, the Trinamool Congress supremo said that a malicious attempt was being made to malign their name and that the BJP 'wants to spare no one.'
Mamata Banerjee wrote:
"Mother Teresa herself set up Missionaries of Charity. And now they are also not being spared. Malicious attempts to malign their name. The Sisters are being targeted. #BJP want to spare no one. Highly condemnable. Let MOC continue to do their work for the poorest of the poor."
Speaking to Republic TV on Wednesday, the ADG of the Jharkhand Police had stated that 24 children were unaccounted for from a centre of the Missionaries of Charity in Ranchi of which at least four had been sold. He added that the information available only extended till 2016 indicating that the racket could have extended till before that.
Further, as per the guidelines of the FCRA (Foreign Contributions Regulation) act, the CBI must now investigate the matter as there is prima-facie a violation in excess of Rs 1 crore on account of the foreign funding of the various organisations of the Missionaries of Charity running into Rs 927 crore.
A spokesperson of the Missionaries of Charity was also on the same broadcast but wasn't able to offer anything by way of explanation, putting forth categorical denials.
Missionaries Of Charity Case | Everything You Need To Know About The Baby-selling Racket
According to police, the racket involved in the illegal trade was busted after a couple approached the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) for not being able to adopt a child even after paying a sum of Rs 1.2 lakh to one of the ladies working in the organization. The people who have been arrested are Anima Indwar and Sister Consilia.
"The UP-based family alleged that Indwar, who handed over the child to them, had called them up on June 30 and asked them to visit the shelter home for completing certain formalities. When the child was brought to Nirmal Hriday on July 1, Indwar took the boy away," Chairperson of CWC, Rupa Verma said.
Police officials who arrested Anima Indwar stated that a sum of Rs 65000 was also recovered from her possession. According to the police, during the investigation, it was revealed that the duo had been selling children of unwed mothers illegally by taking a huge amount of money ranging from Rs 50,000 to 1.5 lakh.
A couple, Saurabh Kumar Agrawal and his wife Preeti Agrawal, from Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh, came into contact of Indwar through a local relative living in Ranchi where she had been working when the deal was finalized. The child was born on May 1 and it was sold to the couple on May 14. Later, Indwar called up the couple on June 30 asking them to come to Ranchi as the child has to be produced in the Court to complete the legal process.
The couple then came to Ranchi following which Indwar took the child in the Court and ran away. On not finding Indwar around, they went to the Missionaries of Charity but were not entertained, after which they approached the CWC.
On summoning the Sisters working in Missionaries of Charity, they recorded contradictory statement following which Indwar and the biological mother of the child revealed everything before them.
Shockingly, in the confession statement Anima Indwar, who was a staffer at Missionaries of Charity, has admitted to selling four newborn babies along with putting on record what the price-tag to each of them were.
CONFESSION STATEMENT (Translated from the original)
I, Anima Indwar, am working for Missionaries of Charity. I have been working with Missionaries of Charity since the last 5 years. I have been selling babies with Sister Konsalia, I am information about the same in this statement.
1) Jhunu Kumari's son was sold for Rs 50,000 to a family in Mohrabadi
2) Hemlata Murmu's son was sold for Rs 50,000 to a family in Kantatoli.
3) According to my information, baby was sold to Shabnam but I don't know much about. I don't know how much money was taken for the same
4) I took Karishma Topo's child from Sister Consilia and sold her son for Rs 1,20,000 out of which I kept Rs 20,000 and gave Rs 1,00,000 to Sister Konseelia
The above information is being given by under my will, without any pressure
Date: July 3, 2018