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MP's Nithari or just hospital waste?

Feb 18, 2007 09:45 AM IST India India
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New Delhi: The Ratlam Mission hospital superintendent P Wiliams has been arrested under IPC 318 in connection with the skeletal remains of children found at his hospital. A shocking recovery of as many as 390 pieces of skeletal remains of newborn babies and foetuses from Ratlam district in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday had sent shock waves across the state. The bones were found near the operation theatre of the city’s Christian Hospital after the state police followed up on a tip-off. Subsequently, an immediate search operation conducted on the site also unearthed a huge quantity of buried skeletal remains. The area has now been sealed off and samples have been sent for forensic tests to Bhopal. One person working in the hospital's operation theatre has been picked up for questioning. Hospital authorities are describing the remains as “bio-medical waste” and have denied any wrong doing. However, district vaccination officer and child specialist R G Kaushal – whose advice was sought by the police – ruled out the notion and claimed that skulls and bones from legs were also found and these could not form part of hospital waste, he said. "The thickness of skulls and bones indicates that the remains were of around three to four neo-nates or foetuses," Kaushal was quoted as saying by agencies. The police say they are looking into the incident. Claiming that it was too early to conclude whether illegal abortions were performed at the hospital, he said its staff told investigating officers that a sweeper, entrusted with the responsibility of disposing bio-medical waste, had failed to carry out the chore. “It could either be the case of abortion or when dead, children are not buried in a proper manner,” said Ratlam SP, Satish Saxena. (With inputs from agencies)

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