THE SUPERINTENDENT of the Ratlam Mission Hospital and a sweeper were arrested on Sunday after the sensational recovery of more than 350 bones, suspected to be of infants and aborted foetuses, from the hospital premises on Saturday. The district administration has also constituted a five-member committee to inquire into the incident.
Women and Child Development Minister Kusum Singh Mehdele announced that the Government would conduct a detailed inquiry into the recovery of bones. Mehdele spoke to the Ratlam Superintendent of Police Satish Saxena over the pone.
Media persons accompanying police and district administration officials reached the premises of the hospital where the bones were recovered from 3-4 bags from a septic tank near the operation theatre and a pit near it.
Saxena told Hindustan Times over the phone that hospital superintendent Dr P William and a sweeper Jagram have been arrested and a case under section 318 of IPC —- relating to concealment of birth by secret disposal of dead body —- was registered against the management of the 104-year-old hospital. “We are questioning other staff members apart from the hospital management,” the City Superintendent of Police P S Solanki said.
Ratlam Collector J K Malpani said, “the bones, recovered on Saturday, have been sent for forensic investigation to Bhopal.”
The probe committee comprises the Civil Surgeon, a paediatrician, a female doctor and two scientists from the Pollution Control Board and would submit its report in 7 days to the Collector.
The team would also inquire into all the cases handled by the hospital during last one year. Saxena said further action would be initiated once the report of the expert panel and forensic examination from Bhopal is received. “It appears that the infants’ bodies were relates to a period of six months to one year. The bones recovered are of possibly 10 youngsters,” he added.
Meanwhile, another round of digging on Sunday yielded more than 40 bones —- believed to be of small children and animals.
Theories of illegal abortions and improper disposal of bio-medical waste by the hospital management doing rounds. Asked if the hospital has been sealed, Malpani said it has no patients and hence there’s no question of sealing it.