Ranchi, July 14: The Jharkhand Police on Saturday released a video in which the nun at the Missionaries of Charity in Ranchi, who has been arrested for allegedly selling four newly-born babies, confessed to her role in the racket, according to a NDTV report. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Dares BJP To Arrest Her, Says Will Ensure TMC Victory in Polls From Jail Itself
In the video, Sister Konsalia confesses that three babies had been sold but the fourth infant was given away for adoption for free. Also Read - Ready to Work With Centre for Speedy Vaccination: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
The development comes after Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas of Ranchi criticised the manner of ongoing investigation, alleging that it was an attempt to malign the image of the charity. He had also claimed that the nun was innocent and her confession claimed by the police was extracted under pressure. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Reminds PM Modi of Unpaid GST Dues at COVID Meet with CMs
Sister Konsalia and Anima Indwar, arrested in connection with the alleged “sale” of babies by Nirmal Hriday, a shelter home run by the Mother Teresa-founded Missionaries of Charity, were sent to a four-day police custody by a court on Thursday.
The police rescued one more child on Wednesday taking the total number of rescued children to three. “Of the four children allegedly sold (by the shelter home), the third child was rescued today from Simdega. A few people have been detained for questioning in this regard,” Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police Anis Gupta said.
After the church backing the shelter home, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee also alleged that the religious institution was being targeted for no good reason. Banerjee tweeted, “Mother Teresa herself set up Missionaries of Charity. And now they are not being spared.”
The Sisters are being targeted” by the BJP, who “want to spare no one,” she said.
The ‘racket’ came to light after a woman employee and the in-charge of the local Nirmal Hriday were arrested on the charge of selling a child born to a minor inmate of the shelter home earlier this month.
The arrests were made following a complaint by Rupa Verma, the chairperson of Ranchi Child Welfare Committee.
A couple from Uttar Pradesh had approached Ms Verma, saying that the Nirmal Hriday took away a child they had been given in May against a payment of Rs. 1.2 lakh.
The source said that another baby, allegedly sold by the same Nirmal Hriday, was rescued from Morabadi area of Ranchi on July 8.