NEW DELHI: Investigation into the kidney racket was started a month ago after the police received an input about illegal kidney transplants at the Indraprastha Apollo hospital.
Five teams were formed. One team was stationed outside the nephrology department at Apollo in civil clothes and the other started tracking kidney rackets in different states, including Punjab.
The team stationed at the hospital observed the movement of patients and kept an eye on doctors in the department concerned.
Sources said the team even posed as patients, visiting the doctors to gather details o f recipients looking for donors. The team took details of patients awaiting kidney transplants.
“The teams identified the persons working in the nephrology department and noted their contact numbers. Their call detail records were accessed . This is how the donors were tracked. It was found these men were in touch with donors and touts,” a police source said.
The police received information about donors travelling to Delhi and a team was sent to track their movement.
“The operation was kept secret. We could not have let the information leaked to either the staff at Apollo or the donors. We waited for the donors to reach the hospital and catch the touts red-handed while making negotiations. The hospital authorities had no clue about the ongoing operation,” the source said.
According to sources, Aseem Sikdar from West Bengal was the main coordinator. He took care of the accommodation of donors who were flown from different states and even arranged for their laboratory tests. Sources said two donors were from Kolkata and three from Kanpur.
The police found that Satya Prakash, one of the accused, had come in contact with the gang after he approached it to donate his own kidney in 2014 and since then he had been working for them.
He job is to identify targets and bring them to Delhi. “Devashish Moulik, another accused, came in contact with the gang after his wife Maumita donated a kidney,” police said.
Delhi health minister, Satyender Jain said, “I came to know of the racket from media reports and if there is any kind of trading, then the police should take strict action.”