Kidney racket kingpin brought to Delhi

  • HT Correspondent
  • Updated: Jun 09, 2016 06:54 IST

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: The Delhi Police team brought alleged kidney racket kingpin, T Rajkumar Rao, from Rajarhat in West Bengal to Delhi on Wednesday night.

Rao was produced before the Barasat court which gave the police a three-day transit remand.

Rao (39) was arrested from his Rajarhat residence in a joint operation of the Bidhannagar and Delhi Police. Rao was under the scanner of Delhi Police team which was camping in Kolkata for the last two-three days.

Interrogation of Rao revealed he had been running the racket with Aseem Sikdar in Delhi, Kolkata, Coimbatore and Jalandhar since 2010. He shifted base to Kolkata after the racket in Coimbatore was busted in 2013.

Experience of working as a medical representative in these cities helped Rao develop contacts with employees at hospitals and pathological labs who further supplied him information about patients who needed kidneys.

“Rao had roped in touts from across the country whose job was to find potential kidney donors and convince them to donate their kidney for money. Sikdar was Rao’s representative in Delhi and Jalandhar. The two used to contact each other through chats on Skype and Facebook to avoid police attention,” said a police officer adding Sikdar had met Rao as a kidney donor and later became a member of his gang.

Meanwhile, Dipak Kar, another accomplice of Rao, surrendered before the Bidhannagar police on Wednesday afternoon.

Teams of southeast Delhi Police arrested one more donor from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh in connection with the kidney racket that was busted last week at Apollo Hospital.

The donor, identified as Bhanu Pratap, donated his kidney to a woman from Nagpur on the instructions of Satya Prakash alias Ashu, one of the five arrested members of the racket. While the gang had taken ` 20 lakh from the woman’s family the kidney transplant, Pratap was paid only ` 4 lakh.

Pratap is the 10th person arrested so far in the racket. Three donors, a married couple and a woman from Siliguri, wife of another arrested racketeer, Devashish Mauli, were arrested on Tuesday morning.

Both Pratap and Bhanu are expected to reach Delhi by Wednesday.

Police are now looking for Rao’s close aides Shama and Dipankar.

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