Dr Mohammad Imtiaz was caught red handed while he was trying to detect the sex of fetus. He was also known to abort if it would be girl child. The doctor and his two associates were arrested by a special team of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) led by inspector Jitendra Gangwani in Jodhpur, Rajasthan on 22 April.
A special team of PCPNDT, under the supervision of the director of the National Health Mission, Dr Jitendra Soni, lead this investigation and arrested the culprits.
Before being caught for the fifth time, Dr Imtiaz had conducted a total of 1,158 foetal tests. He was first arrested in 2016. Then again in 2017, 2018 and 2019 before now. In 2019, the health department and Rajasthan Police proclaimed he was a habitual, repeat offender.
Soni, the National Health Mission (NHM) state mission director, said they had received information that a gang was active in Jodhpur that was participating in female foeticide on a large scale. To catch them red-handed, the police and health department teams collaborated to set up this operation.
PCPNCT cell officials said four cases had already been filed against Dr Imtiaz. The accused doctor was posted as block chief medical officer and currently, he is a suspended doctor.
Members of the PCPNDT team informed reporters about a hospital where Dr Imtiaz operated: Abu Mohammad Niyaz. A sister of his is a doctor too. His father, Dr Mohammad Niyaz, was arrested thrice for similar crimes in the years 2012, 2014 and 2016 — the third time while in the act. By then, the family had made lakhs worth of ill-gotten rupees.
This is the fifth occasion to arrest Dr Imtiaz. He would go to jail on the charge of illegal abortions time and again, and after coming out of jail, he would resume the criminal activity without an iota of remorse or repentance for the evil act.
Courtesy: Sirf News