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Sex-determination racket: BJP MLAs ‘prevent’ accused doctors’ arrest in UP

Two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh have been accused of preventing officials from detaining doctors blamed for conducting pre-natal sex-determination test, which is illegal in the country.

Aligarh District Magistrate Rishikesh Yashod asserted the officials of Rajasthan government were stopped from arresting the doctors in connection with the sex-determination racket unearthed in Aligarh on Tuesday.

Yashod said the officials of Rajasthan government, who conducts raid on sex determination, came to Aligarh following an intermediary.

“We were expected to co-operate with the team of the officials. Yes two MLAs asked Rajasthan officials to not arrest some doctors and they were not allowed to take the doctors. However the middleman has been arrested,” Yashod said.

In spite of that the Aligarh administration will completely support the officials in all the legal formality, he said.

BJP MLA Anil Parashar has rejected the allegation made by the District Magistrate and said it was completely incorrect.

“The information of District Magistrate is incorrect, we believe in ‘Beti bachao, beti padhao’. The District Magistrate is wrong,” he said.

“We still don’t know the detail of the incident. The culprits will be given strict punishment,” he added.

On Tuesday, the Rajasthan officials lifted the lid off the racket during a raid at a private hospital at Vishnu Puri of Thana Quarcy area.

The police nabbed all the accused red-handed and seized the equipment, including the ultrasound machine.

According to administrative officials, the patients were brought by a broker to the hospital where the tests were conducted.

The hospital director, however, claimed that the incident was a conspiracy.

“This is a conspiracy and we are being falsely accused. The Mayor is preparing for elections and it can be a conspiracy to implicate me,” said the director.

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