Vagabond victim of kidney racket, confirms Tihar
Tihar jail authorities have confirmed Vikram (25) — a vagabond in judicial custody here — is missing one of his kidneys. Sumit Saxena reports.delhi Updated: Jun 10, 2010 00:24 IST
Tihar jail authorities have confirmed Vikram (25) — a vagabond in judicial custody here — is missing one of his kidneys. Vikram had gone to Parliament Street police station to register a complaint against a gang that removed his organ on the pretext of a lucrative job. But police officials booked him in possession of a knife instead. HT reported the matter on June 5.
In a rare measure, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate sent Vikram to judicial custody on June 3, to get his medical exam, as Vikram did not have a single paisa to visit any clinic. The Tihar jail superintendent’s report confirmed that his kidney had been removed in a recent surgery.
The Parliament police station has now registered an FIR against unknown people, who allegedly removed Vikram's kidney. The court has also granted him bail on a personal bond. Vikram had sought help from Delhi Legal Services Authority (DLSA) advocate, who defended him in court.
“We have a free legal aid frame work. Moreover, our advocates are continuously working to provide free legal aid to the downtrodden section of the society,” said Gautam Manan, Project Officer, DLSA.
On June 3, police produced Vikram in the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Pandey. In tears, Vikram narrated his story and stripped inside the courtroom to show the 8-inch-long cut mark below his ribs.
The judge said, “This is a glaring example of police atrocities on the poor. You (police officials) brought him to me as an accused and wanted his prosecution.” The court sent Vikram to judicial custody till June 10 and directed the Tihar Jail superintendent to ensure his complete medical examination. The court also directed the commissioner for an independent agency other than the local police to probe the matter.