Kidney kingpin involved in two similar rackets in TN and Punjab

  • Karn Pratap Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 04, 2016 01:31 IST
The Delhi Police on Friday blew the lid off a kidney trade racket at the prestigious Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, arresting two of its secretarial staff and three touts (Hindustan Times)

The kidney racket unearthed by Delhi Police is not limited to the Capital but has its roots in other Indian cities and even Sri Lanka and Nepal, senior officials said.

The kingpin, identified as T Rajkumar Rao, 39, continues to evade arrest even after he allegedly masterminded two similar rackets in Jalandhar and Coimbatore between 2013 and 2015.

Investigators said Rao had even travelled to Sri Lanka and Nepal to find donors for his clients in India. Organ donors in these countries charged less compared to those in India.

A team has been sent to Kolkata to find Rao, who belongs to Andhra Pradesh but shifted to the West Bengal capital two decades ago. His father was a banker in Kolkata.

Rao was introduced to the organ racket by a woman named Shama and her aide Deepaankar in Kolkata eight to nine years ago. Police are also looking for them.

Rao’s name surfaced in the latest racket during the interrogation of his three accomplices -- Aseem Sikdar, Devashish Moulik and Satya Prakash. The three said Rao had been managing everything -- from identifying donors to contacting his alleged aides in Apollo Hospital -- from Kolkata.

Sikdar, Maulik and Ashu used to get between R1 and 2 lakh for each successful transplant.

“Sikdar said he came in contact with Rao in Kolkata. Rao offered him a handsome amount for donating his kidney. Sikdar was sent to a hospital in Coimbatore where his kidney was donated to Rao’s client. Similarly, Mauli had donated his wife’s kidney to a patient at Apollo Hospital while Ashu’s kidney’s transplant was done at a hospital in Jalandhar,” the officer said.

Initially, Rao and Sikdar operated the racket at Coimbatore’s medical college and hospital. But after it was blacklisted, the two shifted to Kolkata and remained underground for some months.

“Later, Rao sent Sikdar to manage their racket in Jalandhar and Delhi while he was supervising it from Kolkata,” said the officer, adding they had come across 10 kidney transplant cases in Delhi.

“At least seven of them have been verified so far,” the officer added.

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