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Doctor, 5 others held for conducting sex determination tests

The police have found out that the accused charged Rs 9,000 per test and used a portable veterinary ultrasonography machine, used by animal doctors

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Days after the Solapur police arrested a doctor couple for allegedly conducting sex determination and abortion of at least 36 foetuses, the Tembhurni police in Solapur have arrested another doctor and six of his accomplices for allegedly carrying out sex determination tests illegally in a mobile van.

The accused have been identified as Dr Santosh Nimbalkar, three agents Gajanan Kumbhar, Shivaji Deshmukh, Suresh Shelke, Vikas Chavan, driver of the van Raju Lokhande, and the aunt of the patient Chatbai Sawant.

According to the police, Nimbalkar, who holds a Bachelor degree in Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) owns a clinic at Rajale village in Satara and would carry out illegal sex determination tests only in the near by villages with the help of the agents and a van, where machines and other items required for the tests were stored. The police said they had received a tip on an illegal test to be carried out in the Ranjhani village on Friday night.

Following this, the police contacted the Solapur civil surgeon, MR Pattanshetti for assistance, who then instructed the medical officers to accompany the police. The police laid a trap and the accused were caught red handed and arrested.

Dr Pattanshetti said, "The tests were being carried out illegally without any authorisation and registration of machine and place. Only MBBS doctors are allowed to conduct sonography tests, but Nimbalkar is a BAMS."

The police have found out that the accused charged Rs 9,000 per test and used a portable veterinary ultrasonography machine.

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  • The police have found out that the accused charged Rs 9,000 per test and used a portable veterinary ultrasonography machine, used by animal doctors.
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