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Illegal sex determination in Ludhiana: 1 month on, police fail to identify culprits

This comes over a month after first of the three illegal ultrasound machines used for sex determination was recovered in the city.

punjab Updated: Jul 01, 2017 20:36 IST
Arjun Sharma
Arjun Sharma
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
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The health department has accused the police of not acting swiftly in the investigation of illegal sex determination racket and failing to identify those who provided ultrasound machines to unauthorised persons.

This comes over amonth after first of the three illegal ultrasound machines used for sex determination was recovered in the city.

“It is unfortunate that police have not been able to trace hospitals or doctors who purchased these machines. We know the name of the company that produces ultrasound machines. It is not very difficult for police to find out the actual owners who bought the machines and then gave them to unauthorised persons,” said health and family welfare director Dr Rajiv Bhalla.

He added, “It has been a month since the first unauthorised ultrasound machine was recovered from Jammu Colony. But the role of police is not convincing in the case. The action should have been swift.”

Dr Bhalla said he has also written a letter to the ultrasound machines manufacturing company to know details of the owners.

Model Town station house officer (SHO) Surinder Chopra, who is investigating the case, said the five accused are still on the run. “There are no delays in investigation. We will go into depth of the case,” said Chopra.

On June 1, a joint team of the health department and police had raided a house in Jammu Colony near Preet Palace and found a portable ultrasound machine. Two persons were arrested and the house owner was nabbed after a few days. Two more raids were held on June 7 and June 19 in different areas of the city where similar machines were found.

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Acting on a tip-off, the joint team of health and police conducted raid at a house running an illegal test centre at Daad village on June 7. The owner of the house, Bhupinder Singh, is absconding. Another machine was recovered on June 19 when police raided a house at Haibowal Kalan and arrested one.

First Published: Jul 01, 2017 20:26 IST