Orissa police have raided hospitals and pathological laboratories after recovery of seven bodies of female infants near Duburi foothills in Orissa's Nayagarh District.
Police conducted raids jointly with health officials and social activists yesterday, and registered cases of female infanticide. They also sealed several unregistered pathological clinics and private hospitals in Nayagarh district.
"Investigation is going on regarding the case. The identity of sweepers and attendants who are engaged in disposal works are being verified. Moreover, ultrasound machines used for gender verification are also being verified and three ultrasound machines have been seized," said Tariq Ahmad, Inspector In-charge of Nayagarh Police Station.
The data of the machines will be studied by experts, based on which further investigation will be done, Ahmad said, adding that arrests would soon be made.
Social activists, meanwhile, charged negligence on the part of the state administration, and said police delayed registering a case against the suspects.
Local residents said that three infants were found dumped a month ago at the same spot but the police took no action.
"We observed there in Nayagarh that there are lot of nursing homes which have come up and they haven't got themselves registered, and even the ultrasound clinics. How come it happened in such a district headquarter, because you have a district hospital over there, you have the CDMO there, you have the entire district administration over there. But how these things have taken place, it is beyond our imagination," said Sneha Mishra, social activist.