Human foetuses, preserved animals seized from school

Two human foetuses and various endangered animals were seized from a biology laboratory of a reputed school in north-east Delhi on Friday by Delhi Police with the help of a non-government organisation.

Deputy commissioner of police (north-east ) B K Singh said, “Following a tip-off by an NGO, we conducted a raid at Green Field Public School on Friday afternoon.
“We found two foetuses and several dead animals preserved in glass containers at the biology laboratory of the school. The foetuses have been sent to examine their age and sex.”

Saurabh Gupta, senior manager of People For Animals, the NGO which tipped off the police that two cobras, two turtles, three monitor lizards, a sea horse, a coral, a rare Ganges fish and a wild pigeon were recovered.

It is also presumed that the female child foetus was eight-month-old and the male aged seven months. The preserved specimens have been sent for examination.

A case under section 315 (act done with intent to prevent child being born alive or to cause it to die after birth) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 12, 39, 50 and 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act has been registered against the school authorities at Dilshad Colony police station, a senior police official said.

“We are questioning the school authorities to find out how the human foetuses reached in the school, who had ordered to bring the human foetuses in the school laboratory.

“The school staff has not given us any satisfactory answer to our queries. We are verifying school documents and interrogating school staff in this regard,” Singh said.
“Police have also apprehended principal of the school M Varshley for keeping human foetuses and banned animals in the school for experiment,” Gupta said.

“We were shocked to find  that the school had preserved male and female human foetuses. Earlier, we had approached the school authorities to share our information about which species of animals could be preserved at school laboratory, but they said they did not have any banned species of animals in their school,” said Gupta.
A week ago, a raid was conducted at Acharya Narendra Dev College where the zoological department was conducting experiments on endangered species of animals.

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