07102018-JTR-01.qxd 10/7/2018 1:05 AM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 7 OCTOBER 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE BJP’s show of unity Pollywood’s superwoman Second innings BJP displays show of unity during ‘Congress Sarkar Gaddi Chhodo Padyatra' in Hoshiarpur. P2 Punjabi film actress Neeru Bajwa wants to be a role model for her daughter as well. P3 Actor Zakir Hussain, known for his negative roles, is all set to play a fun character in Sony SAB’s new show. P4 Second scan centre raided within 24 hrs, tout arrested 2 others booked; Ultrasound machine sealed, records of Kartarpur-based centre seized THE TRIBUNE IMPACT Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 6 Three persons, including a doctor and two touts, have been booked in the wee hours of Saturday after one of the touts nabbed by the police confessed to taking patients to a Kartarpur-based scanning centre for sex determination tests. An FIR has been registered at the Kartarpur police station against Dr TPS Multani, owner and sonologist of Arora Scanning Centre in Kartarpur, along with two touts Rajesh Kumar and Rakesh Samyal, who were bringing in patients for illegal sex determination to the centre. While there has been little action in the past few months under the PNDT Act, health teams in the district have swung into action in the aftermath of the Bhogpur centre raids which brought much disrepute to the local Health Department. This is the second Health officials during a raid at a scanning centre in Kartarpur. TRIBUNE PHOTO raid by the health teams within hours of the previous raid on a scanning centre held on Friday afternoon. The twin raids by the health authorities took place within 24 hours of The Tribune highlighting the lack of action as per the PC-PNDT Act in the district in the past few years. A case has been filed under Sections 3(3),6(a), 6(b),6(c),23 of the PNDT Act and Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC. The police have arrested tout Rajesh Kumar. Health teams have sealed the ultrasound machine at the centre and seized the records of the centre while further investigation in the case is on. An FIR has been lodged on the complaint of the District Family Welfare Officer on the written statement of the arrested tout who stated that he, in connivance with Dr Multani and Rakesh Samyal, had been indulging in illegal sex determination tests for financial benefits. While local residents caught hold of the tout and a ruckus ensued outside the centre last night, the police were informed and the accused was nabbed. On getting information by the police, health teams also reached the spot and seized the records of the centre though it was locked on their arrival, the scanning room was opened by a key found on the spot by the police. Dr Gurmeet Kaur, District Family Welfare Officer, said: “The tout was nabbed by the owner of the complex where the scanning centre is situated along with local residents after he admitted to residents that he was bringing in patients for sex determination scans. After we were informed, we have seized the records and recorded the statement of the tout. All certificates have also been seized and the machine at the centre has been sealed. We are looking into the scale of the sex determination racket.” While earlier in the evening, a family which had come to get a sex determination test conducted complained of exorbitant prices and raised hue and cry. However, by the time the police arrived, it fled the spot. Rajesh Kumar is a resident of News Railway Road, Jalandhar, and Rakesh Samyal is also a resident of the city. c m y b Two suspected dengue deaths in Phagwara Our Correspondent Phagwara, October 6 Two suspected dengue deaths have been reported from the Phagwara subdivision. A teacher, Pooja Dhandh, a resident of Mehli Gate, here, and president of Baba Deep Singh NRI Welfare Society, Phagwara, Chanan Singh, are the victims. The deaths have created a panic among residents as dengue cases are on the rise. Only these two suspected dengue deaths are reported from the Phagwara subdivision in the past two months. Pooja, a teacher working with a convent school here was under treatment at a private hospital in Phagwara for the past few days. Later, she was referred to the DMC, Ludhiana, where she breathed her last yesterday, confirmed Senior Medical Officer Davinder Singh. Meanwhile, the second patient died of suspected dengue today. His body would be cremated on Sunday morning. The deaths have sounded alarm bells for the district heath authorities. The worstaffected area of the district was the Phagwara subdivision where over 156 cases were found positive. This correspondent after talks with several private physicians has learnt that hundreds of cases of suspected dengue have been gone unreported in the Phagwara subdivision in the past two months. — OC
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