Two persons apprehended in Udaipur for allegedly running an illegal fetal sex determination racket

Two persons apprehended in Udaipur for allegedly running an illegal fetal sex determination racket

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Two persons were arrested in Udaipur on Tuesday, 13 December for allegedly operating an illegal fetal sex determination test. The accused neither had qualifications or experience to conduct Sonography and despite that, were trying to dupe people in the name of sex determination test and had taken Rs. 90 thousand and had done a normal sonography test (fetal Eco).

The Pre-Conception Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique (PCPNDT) cell team from the health authority department at Udaipur conducted a decoy operation late on Tuesday night to nab the two persons red-handed. Those arrested were identified as Himanshu Chouhan, a resident of Ambedkar Colony, Hiran Magri, Sec 5 and Devendra Suthar of a resident of Debari in Udaipur.

Dr. Shankar Bamnia, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), Udaipur, said that the accused were arrested by a team of the PCPNDT cell from Jaipur led by Inspecter Jitendra Gangwani under the supervision of IAS Sudhir Sharma.

The team reached Udaipur on Friday, 9 December and the next day they contacted the accused Devendra and Himanshu through a decoy pregnant woman. Both the accused had taken Rs. 80,000 as advance and informed the woman and her family that she would have a son, which they confirmed after the sex determination test, but instead they had conducted a normal sonography.

Dr. Bamnia said that the operation was carried out at the GBH American Cancer Hospital at Bedwas area of Pratap Nagar area and the team has also recovered the amount from them. Dr. Bamnia said that during the initial interogation it was found that out of the two accused, Devendra Suthar, runs a nursing clinic at Debari area while the father of other accused Himanshu is an employee at the Udaipur Municipal Corporation.

He said that both the accused will be produced in court and will be taken on Police Custody remand to question them further about the racket and other people involved in it.

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