Police are yet to arrest the alleged mastermind - an Auxiliary Nursing Midwife (ANM) nurse with the Patiala health department - of a sex-determination racket at Patran busted on Saturday, even as the accused roamed freely around the city for two days at least, after she had been booked.
Sources said the ANM worker Meena Rani, in spite of being booked and shown as absconding after the police raid on Saturday, attended a polio camp on Sunday, yet the police failed to arrest her.
This, even as the police has been maintaining all throughout that Meena had gone underground.
Sources also added that Meena finally called up her superior over phone on Monday and asked for leave for an unspecified number of days. Later, she also applied for leave formally, sources claimed.
Patiala civil surgeon Rajiv Bhalla claimed that he was waiting for a report from the police before contemplating any action against health department employee Meena.
“Kaithal civil surgeon had informed us soon after the registration of a case. However, we are awaiting the police investigation report,” Bhalla added.
Meanwhile, the complainant in the case Kaithal civil surgeon Neelam Kakkar said that they had busted the gang after a lot of planning and hard work and results needed to show for all that effort.
“Meena had received `15,000 for conducting the sex determination test and she was leading the gang by planning all the work,” she claimed.
Patran DSP Sawaranjit Singh said they had sent out teams to nab the accused Meena and also visited the Patiala health department office.
He evaded questions on the possible reasons for not arresting
“Investigation is on. In addition to the three people already booked, we are also verifying of more people could be involved,” he said.
Following the report of civil surgeon Kaithal, police have registered the case against three people under Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 23 (3) of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT Act, 1994) at the Patran police station in Patiala.
The complainant Kaithal civil surgeon Neelam Kakar claimed that they had specific intelligence that a gang that indulged in sex determination was active in Patiala.
The Kaithal dept planted a dummy patient to nab the gang and the operation started on November 10
The ‘dummy patient’ discussed the issue over phone with members of the gang and the accused directed her to reach the Patran bus-stop in Patiala.
On the day the sex test was being done, the Kaithal health dept got delayed in conducting the raid and the gang managed to flee
A report was then submitted to the Patiala deputy commissioner, recommending a police case against people identified to be part of the racket