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Baby-sale doctors under scan

A suo motu case will be registered against two doctors associated with the Usti nursing home where a TV sting purportedly showed a baby being put on sale, a senior officer of South 24-Parganas police said on Sunday.

According to him, the nursing home authorities will also be included as accused in the case.

Private TV channel 24 Ghanta had conducted the sting that suggests babies were being sold from the nursing home, about 40km from the city centre, in collusion with the local Trinamul Congress-run panchayat.

Two reporters of the channel posed as a couple and allegedly struck a deal with a “tout” and the two doctors, Chandrani Roy and Kaushik Roy, to buy a baby for Rs 1.6 lakh. The sting prompted the state government to start a probe. “We asked the channel for a copy of the footage. We are trying to identify the culprits and figure out their roles,” said an officer of Usti police station.

The cops have traced the unmarried woman who had given birth to the newborn shown in the report. “We spoke to her. She claims to have abandoned the baby after giving birth on December 2,” said the officer.

He added that Chandrani and Kaushik, who were interrogated at the police station for five hours on Saturday, had been asked to submit certificates issued to them by the state medical council.

“We will verify whether they are authorised to practise as doctors,” said the cop.