Jalpaiguri, Mar 1: The names of senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya and Roopa Ganguly have propped up in the West Bengal child-trafficking case. According to The Hindu report, Chandana Chakraborty, the key accused, revealed that BJP women’s wing leader Juhi Chowdhury sought aid from Vijayvargiya and Ganguly for ‘resolving irregularities’ related to her child care home ‘Asharya’. Juhi, another key accused in the case, was arrested by Kolkata police on Wednesday.
Vijayvargiya and Ganguly allegedly helped Juhi to receive a central aid of Rs 22.5 lakh for her shelter home from the Ministry of Women and Child Development’s Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA). The political clout was also used by Chowdhury to renew the license of ‘Ashray’, claimed reports.
Vijayvargiya has denied the allegations levelled against him, calling it a conspiracy of Kolkata Police. He accused the security forces of working on behest of Trinamool Congress. “The police is being controlled by state government. The Trinamool Congress is conspiring against me,” the BJP general secretary reportedly said.
The Crime Investigation Department (CID), however, claims that strong evidence has been found against Vijayvargiya. The police has seized an audio recording of the conversation between Chowdhury and Vijayvargiya’s secretary. According to Deccan Chronicle, the police is likely to summon Vijayvargiya, his secretary and Ganguly for interrogation in the case.
BJP state unit chief Dilip Ghosh swung into action, removing Chowdhury from the post of BJP’s state women’s wing president. However, he refrained to comment on the allegations against Ganguly and Vijayvargiya.
The child-trafficking racket was busted by Kolkata Police in November following a series of raids in North 24 Parganas. Major leads were found during the raids in Jalpaiguri, located close to Indo-Nepal border.
Apart from Juhi, police has arrested three primary accused so far – Sonali Mondal, Chief Adoption Officer of the NGO Bimala Sishu Griho, Chandana Chakraborty, Chairperson of the same NGO and Manas Bhowmik, Chandana’s brother. The NGO has been accused of selling at least 17 children, aged between 1-14 years, to foreign couples.