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Baby sale probe

Police will treat the “confessional statement” of Chandrani Roy, attached to a nursing home in the centre of a baby sale controversy, to a news channel on Sunday as evidence of her alleged involvement in the racket.

Officers of Usti police station asked the news channel, 24 Ghanta, to hand over the video footage in which Chandrani had purportedly admitted that she was not a doctor.

“We are waiting for the video footage because it is an important piece of evidence,” said a police officer.

“It was learnt that Chandrani had made a statement to the channel that she had got involved in the baby sale racket. She also admitted that she used to get money after every successful deal. This confession reveals a crime,” said the officer.

The sleuths will also try to find out whether Chandrani had used any fake certificate for practising medicine.

Chandrani had claimed that she was a doctor when two reporters of the channel, posing as a couple, visited the nursing home in Usti, in South 24-Parganas, during a sting operation.

According to the channel, the reporters struck a deal with a “tout”, Chandrani and Kaushik Roy, a doctor at the nursing home, to buy a baby for Rs 1.6 lakh.

The sting operation had also hinted at the involvement of the local Trinamul-run panchayat in the alleged racket.

Though the police are yet to register a case on their own, officers of Usti police station initiated a probe and have been gathering information since the sting was telecast on Saturday.