In a strange tale of a Pakistani man accusing two of his countrymen a forcible attempt to make him donate a part of his liver, the utter carelessness of SAS Nagar police was underlined on Thursday.
It started when Adeel Hussain, 29, a truck driver from Islamabad in Pakistan, reached the Phase-8 police station after “escaping” an inn at Fortis Hospital. He alleged that two fellow Pakistani men, who were staying at the inn, had brought him to India two weeks ago on the pretext of caretaking for a liver patient; but were now forcing him to ‘donate’ a part of his liver for Zahir.
This correspondent also met Hussain, and he said the two men — identified only as Zahir and Tahir, natives of Faisalabad — paid him some money as part of his promised ? 12,000 a month “for caretaking”. But, having kept his passport with them, on Thursday they started forcing him for the liver donation, so he “escaped” the inn and reached the police.
However, when contacted, Tahir said Adeel was their relative, and they had already informed his family about the liver transplantation. “We were staying together for the past 12 days, and Adeel had even agreed for tests that were to be conducted before the liver transplantation.”
Amid all this, the cops simply called Zahir and Tahir to the police station, effected a compromise, got Adeel his passport, and made him board a bus to Amritsar alone, as confirmed by station house officer Gurdeep Singh. When HT asked Adeel about his visa just as he was getting onto the bus, he simply said his passport had a stamp. He did not show details. From Amritsar, he was told, he could go back to Pakistan through the Attari-Wagah border. No case was registered, and the police were unaware of the visa details too.
Station house officer Gurdeep Singh said Adeel had came with a complaint, and “both parties have reached a compromise”. “The passport of Adeel Hussain has been recovered from the possession of Zahir and Tahir. After getting him his passport, Adeel has been sent to Amritsar through bus,” said te SHO. Asked what kind of visa Adeel had, the SHO said he did not know any details, as “we did not check”.
As for any treatment of Zahir at Fortis, the hospital spokesperson shared no details and said: “Fortis follows all systems and procedures. In the case of overseas patients, clearances are taken from the authorities.”