A team of medical experts from the Gurgaon health department has detained three people who were allegedly about to conduct a pre-natal diagnostic techniques test (PNDT). The accused were nabbed from Najafgarh area and an FIR was registered in Sushant Lok police station, Gurgaon.
The team comprised Dr Ramesh Dhankar, chief medical officer at Gurgaon Civil Hospital, Amandeep Chauhan, drug control officer, Dr Saryu Sharma, drug control officer and Shyam Sundar, secretary at Red Cross.
The accused detained by the team are not doctors but touts, said sources.
The team planned the operation after it received a tip-off about a man, identified as Rajkumar Saini, working as a tout for sex determination clinics. They used ‘shadow witnesses’, a pregnant woman in her late 20s and a woman posing as her mother-in-law, to lay a trap for the touts.
“They contacted him and asked him to arrange a sex determination test. Saini agreed and asked the shadow witness to come to Wazirabad with Rs 25,000,” said Dhankar.
The operation by health department officials started at 11am Thursday, when the team reached the appointed spot. They followed the accused and the two women sent by them to a house in Bakerwar village.
The team of medical officials then detained the accused, while the touts’ associate, a woman who allegedly operated the ultrasound machine, managed to escape. An FIR has been filed against six persons under Section 23 of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act.
In another incident, Faridabad heath department officials nabbed a woman pretending to be a doctor, who was allegedly going to carry out a pregnancy termination procedure.