School in dock for experiments on foetus, rare animals
Sixteen varieties of dead endangered animals and two dead human foetuses were recovered from the biology lab of a prominent public school in northeast Delhi on Friday afternoon. Jatin Anand reports.delhi Updated: Feb 25, 2012 00:43 IST
Sixteen varieties of dead endangered animals and two dead human foetuses were recovered from the biology lab of a prominent public school in northeast Delhi on Friday afternoon.
A police team and activists of People For Animals (PFA), an NGO, conducted a raid at a school in Dilshad Garden at 12:10pm and recovered 18 glass jars containing endangered varieties of cobras, monitor lizards, frogs and turtles.
“We have lodged a criminal case under relevant sections of the Wildlife Act against the school’s administration. The human foetuses have been sent for a post mortem examination,” said BK Singh, additional DCP (northeast), confirming the incident.
Friday’s operation, in which animal activists and police raided an academic institution acting on information of ‘illegal experiments’ being conducted on endangered animals, is the second of its kind in a week.
On February 17, a criminal case was lodged against the administration of a Delhi University college — Acharya Narendra Dev College — for ‘allowing illegal experiments’ on endangered animal species at its biology laboratory. A dead falcon, two dozen live turtles and frogs and monitor lizards had been recovered. “In this case, not just one, but three monitor lizards, which are an endangered species and one wild pigeon were also recovered in addition to 20 coral reef shells,” said Saurabh Gupta, president, PFA Delhi.
Sources said that the police were likely to file a criminal case against the school’s principal who ‘threw a fit’ after the police team summoned her for questioning and was rushed to an adjacent private hospital for ‘treatment’.
“We are waiting for the post mortem report of the foetuses. If they are ascertained to be below the age of nine months, a case of causing the death of an infant, will be added to the criminal charges,” an officer said.