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Indian police have arrested 11 people for allegedly smuggling babies using biscuit tins and selling the infants to childless couples.

A senior official from Crime Investigation Department (CID) said police found two babies hidden in cardboard boxes in a medical storeroom during a raid on Monday in Baduria, West Bengal, reports ABC news.

The owner, midwives and other staff were arrested, along with court clerks suspected of making fake documentation for the children and the head of a charity which ran the adoption centre.

“The inquiry is underway and more information will be revealed only after some more progress is made,” said Bharat Lal Meena, deputy inspector general for the CID.

Police said initial investigations indicated that unmarried girls and women who visited the clinic for an abortion were persuaded by staff to give birth and sell their babies.

Local news reports said the mothers were given 300,000 rupees ($5,900) for a boy and 100,000 rupees ($2,000) for a girl.

Babies were also stolen from women who delivered at the clinic, but who were told by staff that their children were stillborn. Some were even shown the bodies of stillborn babies preserved by the clinic to dupe parents, police said.

The babies, mostly newborns, were then smuggled in cartons used to store biscuits, and taken by road to an adoption centre 25 kilometres away in Machlandapur, where they were sold on to childless couples.

“It was a well organised syndicate, incorporating all kinds of helping hands needed for the smuggling network,” said another CID official, who did not wish to be identified.

The CID officer said more arrests were likely in the coming days.

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  • What the hell. Now illegally taking babies and transporting them in biscuit tins. How could they breathe

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  • It’s about time that adoption procedures were somewhat less stringent so that no one would even think of resorting to these measures.

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  • Dear God what is wrong with people. Human beings are not commodities to be bought and sold.

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  • What the hell

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  • I feel sick. What the hell is this world coming to?

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  • Oh my god, this is truly despicable, uncaring, evil, and wrong. Those poor babies shoved into tins. I can’t even imagine…

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  • These smugglers are evil and only after filling their own pockets.
    So many babies are being killed daily in these counties just on base of their sex or when the costs what it brings with them are too much too pay. So many unwanted kids ! At least the kids are not killed and have a chance of maybe even having a happy life….that’s the one positive side of this story.

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  • What a despicable act. How could they tell those women that their babies had been stillborn. Those poor babies.

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  • How terrible greed is – hope they are found and prosecuted.

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  • There appears to be nothing that people will not do for money.

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  • omg!!!!!!!!!

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  • The heading in this article is VERY misleading. It indicates that the babies were smuggled in biscuit TINS. They were in CARTONS the size normally used to contain biscuit tins. I doubt a baby small enough to fit in a biscuit tin would survive without considerable specialised care. I’m not surprised the CID official’a name is being withheld. He is probably in fear of his life and that of his family.

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  • These people need serious jail time.

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  • Really?? :-( Even more terrible reading about the mothers who thought their babies were stillborn while they were sold away. :-(

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  • Oh my god this is terrible. Imagine if you thought you’d had a stillborn there – you will never have closure.

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