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CID sleuths in West Bengal would from now on keep an eye on doctors attached to maternity wards in government and private hospitals, nursing homes and clinics besides keeping a record of the number of births and death of newborns every week. According to a senior official at the state secretariat, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has directed the CID to keep a tab on activities of doctors in order to check any unlawful practice involving babies. Banerjee was briefed by DGP Surajit Kar Purakayastha this afternoon on the recent developments in connection with the CID's probe into the international child trafficking racket busted in North 24 Parganas district. "The CID has also been asked to keep a record on the number of births and deaths of newborns in state-run and private hospitals, nursing homes as well as clinics every week... This is to keep a check on any untoward practice with babies," the official said. Later in the evening, Purakayastha held a near two-hour- long meeting with top CID officers and briefed them about the directives from the chief minister, he said. Meanwhile, Minister for Health and Social Welfare Shashi Panja met CID sleuths and held a discussion regarding its findings in connection with the probe into the child trafficking racket. "The meeting was basically to share the report they (CID) had on the trafficking racket.
We had a constructive dialogue with the CID officials. We have decided to have a mutual cooperation in the wake of this trafficking," Panja told PTI. It was also learnt that the CID shared its findings to members of the West Bengal Child Rights Commission and a three-member committee was formed to keep a check on the illegal adoption racket in the state, a senior official of the Commission said.
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