Cops probing the kidney racket in East Jadavpur – that was busted on January 9 – have zeroed in on a Jadavpur University faculty member for allegedly taking the help of the gang involved in the racket.
The faculty member is likely to be grilled soon. Investigations revealed that those involved in the racket had got another transplant done three months ago showing fake documents at another private hospital off EM Bypass. The JU professor was the recipient then.
Sleuths busted the gang of kidney traffickers operating from North Bengal by acting on a tip-off from a private hospital off EM Bypass when the hospital official suspected the authenticity of the clearance certificate from the state health department – mandatory in case of kidney transplantation.
The hospital informed the local police and investigations revealed that the certificate was indeed forged. The police finally busted the racket.
“While interrogating Jamil Akhtar – the kingpin of the racket – we found out that the same racket had carried out a kidney transplant at another private hospital off EM Bypass showing f ake documents. But at that time the hospital authorities did not suspect that the cer tificates were forged. We have asked documents related to the transplant from the hospital and verified them. We would be grilling the recipient soon,” said a senior police officer.
Meanwhile, the police arrested six persons in connection with racket. Akhtar (42) is a resident of Hakimpara in Siliguri. Police also arrested the donor’s son – Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and the recipient’s mater nal uncle. The donor is a resident of Katihar in Bihar.
“It’s an inter-state racket operating in Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand. A few more arrests are on cards. We have also arrested the owner of a lodge located right next to the hospital for his alleged involvement with the racket,” an officer added.
Investigating officers said that Akhtar used to convince the donors. He used to target poor people from Alipurduar and convinced them to donate a kidney. He would then bring the persons to Siliguri and Kolkata to introduce them with prospective recipients.