The Meerut district administration on Saturday ordered a probe after an employee of the Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College was caught on camera selling a human liver, suspected to be used widely in the state for black magic rituals.
The unidentified employee, working in the post-mortem room in the government-run facility, is absconding, police said.
The employee was caught in a sting operation by a local vernacular daily and the footage was aired on TV channels on Saturday.
Hindustan Times could not independently verify the authenticity of the video.
In the video, the employee is heard saying that he could provide other human organs for a price.
The footage also shows the employee accepting cash for the liver, believed to have been harvested from cadavers brought for post-mortem tests.
Superstitious beliefs are rife among large sections of the state’s population, especially in the rural areas where human organs are allegedly used for rituals to ward of ill luck or for success in life.
Terming the incident as a heinous crime, district magistrate Pankaj Yadav said he has ordered a magisterial enquiry into the case.
“I have asked the sub-divisional magistrate of Sadar area to conduct an enquiry and submit his report,” the DM said, adding that the matter has also been reported to the state government.
A lawyer associated with the vernacular daily said it was tipped off about the goings on by its sources.
“We bought the liver for Rs 5,100 which we have kept as proof and the matter was, thereafter, reported to the DM,” said Kapil Kumar.
However, the medical college’s officiating principal Pradeep Bharti said it had given space for the post-mortem house to the government and its administration and work were being looked after by the chief medical officer.
“The medical college’s name should not be linked with any controversy,” he added.
Earlier too the medical college had run into a controversy after medicos had displayed ‘posters’ to isolate an HIV patient, who had been admitted to the gynaecology department for delivery.
After objections from NGOs, the posters were removed and the patient shifted to a different ward.