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Blood racket: Arif, from zardozi artisan to racketeer

Arif was a zardozi artisan till 2010 and started donating blood at blood banks in old Lucknow to earn some extra bucks. He later ‘graduated’ as an agent of blood banks and started arranging donors

lucknow Updated: Jun 07, 2017 15:55 IST
Rohit Singh
Mohd Arif in police custody.
Mohd Arif in police custody.(HT Photo)

Mohd Arif alias Shibbu, who was arrested for running a blood supply racket in Lucknow on Tuesday, came a long way from a zardozi artisan to a blood supply racketeer in seven years.

“He initially worked as zardozi artisan till 2010 and started donating blood at blood banks of the old city to earn some extra bucks. He later ‘graduated’ as a blood banks’ agent and started arranging blood donors,” said sub-inspector Atul Srivastava, who was instrumental in busting the racket.

Srivastava is posted as police outpost in charge of Hussainabad locality where the racket was busted.

Srivastava said Shibbu gradually learned the tricks of the trade and started collecting blood units independently and supplying it to different blood banks. He said the accused then roped in some blood donor agents, who provided him blood donors on a regular basis. He said names of some of the agents were Anand, Rahul, Mohit, Raja, Aryan and Shubham.

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Srivastava said Shibbu was operating the racket from a rented room in Hussainabad locality. Earlier, he operated the racket from two other rented places in the Old city.

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Mohd Arif alias Shibbu, the key operator of the blood supply racket, confessed during interrogation that he used to collect 15-20 units of blood bags daily so he required many donors.

Sub-inspector Atul Srivastava said the agents used to arrange him professional donors and most among them were drug addicts, minors and poor people, who were ready to donate blood in return for money.

The S-I said Shibbu gave ₹500 to agents and ₹1000-1200 to donors for each unit, adding that the same blood units were sold to the blood banks, hospitals and independent people for as costly as ₹4000 to 5000.

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Moreover, he used to supply plasma and platelets by arranging it from some hospitals by giving them blood units, he added.

He said the racketeer also used to keep a list of professional donors, who used to have rare blood groups, and keep them in loop every time by giving them some extra bucks.

Srivastava said Shibbu earned good money through this business in short span of time. He said he even bought 500 square feet of land in prominent location in Daulatganj locality and was constructing his new house.