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Kidney scam: Lab technician facilitated surgeries

"It was the lab technician Sachin, who changed the blood samples to facilitate organ transplant of unrelated persons after being lured by the mother-son duo," claims the police challan in the infamous kidney scam.

chandigarh Updated: Aug 04, 2012 23:18 IST

"It was the lab technician Sachin, who changed the blood samples to facilitate organ transplant of unrelated persons after being lured by the mother-son duo," claims the police challan in the infamous kidney scam.

The police is all set to file the challan before the court against Manju Anand, her son Abhishek and lab technician Sachin, arrested after being booked for cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy besides relevant sections of the transplantation of human organs and tissues Act, 1994.

The police would be filing the first challan on Monday against three accused named in the scam even when other five accused - Shakeel, Vikas, Amitabh, Archna and Mukesh Chaudhary - are still at large. Even after procuring the warrants against the accused, the teams have failed to trace the accused. Police sources claim that soon proceedings to declare them proclaimed offenders would be initiated.

"We are all set to file the challan against the three accused on Monday to meet the mandatory 90-day period. The other accused are still at large and we would be initiating proceedings to declare them proclaimed offenders," said Swarandeep Singh, SP security and traffic, who is also holding charge of SP (city), SAS Nagar.

Police investigations reveled that Sachin, who worked as a lab technician, used to collect samples of patients and donors for HLA (Histo-Compatibility AntiGen Testing) to establish that the donor and the recipient were genetically related. Sachin used to change the blood samples of unrelated donors with the relatives of the recipient before sending them for testing to show that the donor and the recipient were genetically related.

30-year-old Abhishek Anand Pandey and his 50-year-old mother Manju Anand Pandey were arrested on Tuesday and they worked as the "agents" for the gang members. The accused hail from Bihar and were presently staying at Pinjore for last about one year. Investigations revealed that Abhishek and his mother Manju, used to provide home to the donors who were lured for money from other areas.

The accused used to provide home till all the paper work and surgeries were not done. Before shifting to Pinjore, the accused used to stay in Khuda Lahora and kept shifting houses to avoid arrest.

In May this year, the SAS Nagar police registered an FIR against six persons after about five months when two SAS Nagar-based hospitals were named by the Lucknow police in a kidney scam. Police had named Shakeel, Vikas, Archana, Amitabh Panday, Manju Panday and Abishek Anand Panday, mother and brother of Amitabh respectively, as accused and later arrested the lab technician Sachin.

The police had maintained that the accused were hand-in-glove with each other and ran this interstate kidney racket.

Background
In December 2011, Lucknow Police arrested four persons for their involvement in trafficking of human organs and named two SAS Nagar-based private hospitals, Surya Kidney Care and Silver Oaks Hospital. Based on the newspaper report, an SIT was constituted by the SSP. Even the deputy commissioner had marked an inquiry into the role of the hospitals in the scam.


Complainant's accusations
The complainant, Ikramudin hailing from Ghaziabad (UP) alleged that his kidney was transplanted without his knowledge. His statement is part of the challan where he tells the police that he needed money for his elder sister Ruksana, who was not keeping well. He was lured by one Shakeel to undergo a small operation to raise money by undergoing an operation to get a "vein" removed from the body. Shakeel offered Ikramudin Rs 2 lakh if he went ahead with the plan.
Ikramudin was brought to Khuda Lahora village, near Chandigarh by Shakeel. He said lab technician Sachin took a sample of his blood in presence of everyone.
After obtaining the DNA results, he was operated upon at Surya Kidney Care hospital and discharged after four days. These persons gave him Rs 1 lakh and it was later that he realised that he only had one kidney.


Role of hospitals still under scanner
"The police investigations found "irregularities" and violation of the human organ transplantation Act by the staff and doctors of the two SAS Nagar-based hospitals and investigations are still on tin this regard," said Swarandeep Singh, SP, security and traffic, who is also holding charge of SP (city), SAS Nagar.

He added: "As per the provisions of the Act, it is mandatory to have a report from the concerned embassy in case a donor or recipient is a foreign national, but the hospital, on the basis of the report from Ministry of Home Affairs, conducted the operation which is in clear violation of section 6 F (e) of the Act."