A kidney racket probe by Kolkata Police in early 2015 could help Delhi Police crack the nationwide kidney racket unearthed recently.
Delhi Police sought the report of a case registered at the Purba Jadavpore police station under Kolkata Police, which busted a kidney racket back in January 2015. The report is expected to help link private hospitals already on police radar in the recently uncovered kidney racket.
“In January 2015, we busted a kidney racket where we found involvement of a few hospitals in the city. Later, the Kolkata high court expressed concerns over our investigation and ordered the state health department to look into the matter,” a senior Kolkata Police officer told HT. “Delhi Police asked for our investigation report and we have already forwarded it.”
In this regard, one Deepak Kar, who was arrested in Kolkata, has been taken to Delhi for questioning.
Delhi Police investigators said Kar along with Brajesh Chauhan, who was on the personal staff of a doctor at Apollo Hospital, were in direct contact with kingpin T Rajkumar Rao and facilitated in drafting forged documents for the kidney transplant at the hospital.
A private hospital in Kolkata had in January 2015 lodged a complaint with the Purba Jadavpur station that a donor submitted forged documents in order to donate her kidney. Investigation revealed the donor, Karuna Roy Chowdhury, a resident of Alipurduar district of North Bengal, was trying to sell her kidney for Rs 6 lakh to pay her son’s college fees.
She had submitted fake documents on the instructions of a person who had also brought her to the city, it later emerged.
Ten people were arrested in the case, and Siliguri resident Javed Akhtar emerged as the kingpin of the racket. The gang had successfully sold at least 10 kidneys in the past that were transplanted in three Kolkata hospitals — including the one that filed the complaint.
“In all cases, the donors forged their documents that the hospitals did not realise. What was more surprising is that Javed Akhtar was the introducer in all the 10 cases and hospitals did not question his interest or locus standi at all. It was an interstate racket catering to the states of eastern India,” said an investigating officer.
The gang’s modus operandi was to lure poor people from Alipurduar to sell their kidney. They would then bring the victims to Siliguri and then to Kolkata to introduce them to prospective recipients.
“But in most cases they did not pay the agreed amount to the donors. They would pay a meagre amount to the donors as advance and would flee once the transplantation was over,” the investigating officer told HT.
Police said the Kolkata case was similar to the one recently uncovered in Delhi, and it was possible that the two rackets are linked.