Haryana health officials crack sex-determination racket
The Haryana health department traced a gang that allegedly conducted sex-determination tests on pregnant women using portable scanning machines in Ludhiana on Sunday night. Police arrested two accused -- Ashok Kumar of Loh Sihar village in Patiala and Suraaj Mohammad of New Janta Nagar. Another accused, identified as Manmohan Pal, is absconding. He is reported to be a quack.
The accused were nabbed after the Haryana officials along with the local health officials and police conducted a sting operation by sending a decoy woman to the accused for the determination of the sex of her foetus. The accused were running their scanning centre at a rented accommodation in Labour Colony on Gill Road.
Police have registered a case under Section 23 of Pre-Natal Determination Test (PNDT) Act. The court remanded the duo in one-day police custody on Monday.
The Haryana health officials had received a tip-off about the gang and contacted deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal and chief medical officer Dr Renu Chhatwalon on Sunday. Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Mohinder Pal Singh, who is investigating the case, said when the decoy woman approached Ashok Kumar, he contacted Suraaj Mohammad, who called Manmohan Pal. The accused took the woman to a room in Labour Colony, where Manmohan Pal conducted the test with a portable device, said the ASI.
Police said the duo used to contact pregnant women in Haryana, Punjab and Delhi, while the quack conducted the test. He allegedly gave commission to the two. Cops have launched a manhunt to arrest him.
Ludhiana health department officials said all scanning centres have been registered with the department and the officials keep a tab on their activities. The portable scanning machine recovered in the case was not registered, they said.
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