Jalandhar kidney racket may have Delhi connection

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Jun 21, 2016 00:03 IST

A man arrested by the Delhi Police earlier this month for his involvement in a kidney racket busted at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in the national capital was also an accused in a similar racket unearthed at the city’s National Kidney Hospital last year.

Accused Satya Prakash, alias Ashu, had donated his kidney to one Tariq Ahmed of Kanpur by posing as his brother Sadiq at the local hospital. The city police have procured his production warrants and will be leaving for Delhi on Tuesday to bring him for interrogation.

The accused, who also goes by the name of Vicky, was an active part of the Jalandhar kidney racket being run by Junaid Ahmed Khan. Khan along with three others were the first to be arrested on July 31 last year.

Dr Puneet Grover, who was associated with the hospital, has also joined the probe last week. He revealed his role and responsibilities during the seven transplants under the scanner, said police.

Khan and his aides used to forge documents in connivance with the hospital staff to show several donors and recipients as close relatives. Harwinder Singh, a helper at a local laboratory owned by one of the owners of the hospital was arrested soon after the racket was unearthed. He used to change blood samples to match the DNA sample reports of donors and recipients. On March 25 this year, the city police had submitted an 855-page supplementary chargesheet against 17 persons.

A special investigation team (SIT) headed by Amritsar deputy commissioner of police (DCP) J Elachezhian and comprising Jalandhar DCP Harjit Singh, ADCP (investigation) Vivek Sheel Soni and police station-7 station house officer Navdeep Singh is carrying out the probe.

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