April 20, 2010 2:55:06 am
Fifteen foetuses,seven of them suspected to be female,were found abandoned in a garbage bin near Shastri Stadium in Bapunagar area of Ahmedabad on Monday morning. State Health Minister Jay Narayan Vyas said that besides investigation by the police,the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporations health department has also been asked to initiate a probe into the matter.
The Bapunagar police said the foetuses were packed in bottles and discarded.
Inspector R G Pandya said,The foetuses were dumped in the middle of the garbage in the AMCs waste bin that lies next to the stadium walls. There is a SRPF camp near the stadium,but no one noticed when it actually happened. The foetuses were properly wrapped and put in bottles,clearly indicating that they have been dumped by a hospital or a dispensary. They were all thrown at the same spot.
The police said there is no hospital or dispensary in close proximity. Slums and hutments surround the area where they were found. The nearest hospital is 2 km away from the stadium.
The police have registered a case under Section 318 of the Indian Penal Code for concealment of birth by secret disposal of dead body.
Harshad Patel,the social activist who informed the police about the foetuses,said,Some of foetuses were as big as seven to eight months. Sperm preserved in two bottles was also found at the spot.
He said the incident came to light when some locals found the foetuses lying in the garbage bin.
AMC Medical Officer S P Kulkarni said,The AMC is checking nearby nursing homes if they are registered under the PC-PNDT Act.
The samples of the foetuses have been sent to the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital to verify if they had any congenital problem or were these natural abortions.
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