Posted at: Sep 17, 2016, 12:59 AM; last updated: Sep 17, 2016, 12:59 AM (IST)
Tribune News Service
Moga, September 16
An inter-state racket of sex determination tests was unearthed today in Moga and Ferozepur districts by the state Health Department with the help of a private detective agency and decoy customers.
Till the filing of this news report, the police in Moga and Ferozepur districts were busy registering two separate criminal cases under various Sections of the PC-PNDT Act against a private hospital owner Amarjit Singh Kalra, his sons Dr Iqbal Singh Kalra, Parampal Singh Kalra, mediators Charanjit Kaur, Satnam Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Laxman Dass and radiologist Gurmeet Singh Kathuria, confirmed senior police officers of the two districts.
The private detective agency, along with the state officer (PNDT) of the Health Department Dr Gurwinder Kaur, Moga CMO Dr Mahinder Singh Jassal, Ferozepur CMO Dr Jai Singh and other officials of the department, conducted a raid with the help of decoy customers (pregnant women) at the private hospitals run by Moga resident Amarjit Singh Kalra at Moga and Makhu town in Ferozepur district.
During the raid, mediators Charanjit Kaur, Satnam Singh, Gurmeet Singh and Laxman Dass took the decoy customers to Moga in their own vehicle from the Moga bus stand and also brought them back to Moga after conducting the sex determination tests at a hospital in Makhu town.
When they reached Moga, the local police — under the guidance of the CMOs of both districts — caught the mediators. The information was also passed on to the Ferozepur police.
The department has sealed a scanning machine and the room in which tests were being conducted at Makhu hospital.
Amarjit Singh Kalra, his sons Dr Iqbal Singh Kalra, Dr Parampal Singh Kalra and radiologist Gurmeet Singh Kathuria ran away on coming to know about the raids.
Kalra also owns a hospital in Moga city. A couple of cases under the PC-PNDT Act had earlier been registered against him.
This sex determination operation in Moga and Makhu also attracted customers from Haryana and Rajasthan, Dr Gurwinder Kaur said.