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Gurgaon team busts Delhi clinic for illegal sex determination tests, three arrested

The joint team used a shadow witness and also arranged a decoy customer to bust the racket

gurgaon Updated: Nov 01, 2017 23:03 IST
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Amandeep Chauhan, drug controller, Gurgaon, who led the team, said that the utlrasound machine has been sealed and three persons arrested by Delhi police.(HT PHOTO)

A joint team of Gurgaon health department and crime branch of Gurgaon police searched a Delhi clinic allegedly involved in illegal sex determination tests.

Three persons, including a doctor, were arrested for sex determination after a complaint was filed at Janakpuri police station by officials, who raided the clinic and an X-ray centre at Kakrola Mor and Dabri respectively, about 30 km from Gurgaon.

Amandeep Chauhan, drug controller, Gurgaon, who led the team, said that the utlrasound machine has been sealed and three persons arrested by Delhi police.

Acting on information that women from Gurgaon and neighbouring districts were visiting a clinic in Delhi for illegal sex determination test, the joint team decided to send a decoy customer to the clinic to unravel the racket, Chauhan said. The team asked a person to act as a shadow witness, call the clinic on their mobile number and fix a deal with the management on sex determination of the foetus.

According to officials, the deal was struck on October 28 for ₹32,000 and the agent asked the shadow witness to bring the pregnant lady to the clinic for an ultrasound examination. He was also directed to deposit the money in advance.

In order to catch the culprits red-handed, the witness was given ₹32,000 in cash and a decoy customer was also arranged. The process of handing over the money to the shadow witness was photographed.

“There is a rising trend of interstate rackets which arrange for women to visit neighbouring states for sex-determination. A number of agents are involved. We have received inputs and will search more clinics soon,” Chauhan said.

The clinic’s agent later called the witness and asked that the patient be brought to Ritika clinic for an ultrasound examination at 5pm on October 31, Chauhan said. A team from the crime branch, along with the decoy patient and shadow witness reached Kakrola at 5pm, but were kept waiting for about four hours. Later, the agent called again and asked them to visit at 9am on Wednesday.

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On Wednesday morning, the team again reached Kakrola where the agent met them and another agent was also called who took them to M/s Image X-ray Lab and Scan Centre at Dabri Mor in Delhi, Chauhan said. The agent took the patient inside for the sex determination test.

As the agent came out, he was caught and the decoy was asked what happened inside. She revealed that the doctor conducted an ultrasound test and disclosed the sex of the foetus as female.

The joint team of health and crime branch, Gurgaon, entered the clinic and informed the Delhi District Magistrate who sent his team to the spot. The team seized ₹16,000 from Amit Dheer, who allegedly conducted sex determination test through ultrasound, Chauhan said.

A complaint was also given to the police to file an FIR against Devinder, an agent, NK Rey, proprietor of Ritika Polyclinic who charged ₹32,000 and Dheer. The team also included two members from Delhi health department, Chauhan said.

First Published: Nov 01, 2017 23:03 IST