Kidney racket victims to turn approvers

The four were promised ₹3 lakh each for donating their kidneys, police officials investigating the case, said

dehradun Updated: Sep 19, 2017 21:16 IST
Neha Pant
Neha Pant
Hindustan Times
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A victim of the kidney racket case, whose organ was removed at a private hospital near Dehradun.(HT PHOTO)

Dehradun:

Four “donors”, who were brought to Dehradun by touts, will turn approvers in the interstate organ racket that was busted by the police at a private hospital near Dehradun on September 11.

The four were promised ₹3 lakh each for donating their kidneys, police officials investigating the case, said

Police intercepted three people--Sheikhtaj Ali, Susama Banarjee and Krishna Das-- all from West Bengal, and the fourth, Bhavji Bhai from Gujarat at a check post in Haridwar while they were on their way from Gangotri Charitable Hospital, about 30 km from Dehradun to Delhi.

The kidneys of Das and Ali had been removed at the hospital, while the other two had refused to go ahead with the surgery over disputes over the promised amount, police said.

“On the day the racket was busted, the four people had been packed off to Delhi in a car but police apprehended them on the Haridwar border,” said Dehradun superintendent of police (rural) Sarita Dobhal, who is heading the investigation team.

“The four have now turned approvers and will be testifying against the accused, which will help us in building a strong case (against the accused),” she told Hindustan Times.

An approver is defined as a person, who is directly or indirectly privy to an offence but to whom a pardon is granted under the Section 306 of the Criminal Procedure Code on the condition of disclosing all details related to the case and providing testimony against the accused.

“They have been sent back home for now and will be called back as and when required for the court proceedings,” Dobhal said.

While the police have nabbed as many as nine people in connection with the interstate kidney racket, the three main accused -- all doctors -- continue to be at large.

Police said kidney racket kingpin Dr Amit’s son, Akshay may be hiding in Maharashtra while a doctor couple--who hails from Bihar and used to come to Dehradun for assisting in the surgeries--is suspected to have fled to Nepal.

“We are getting their locations verified and working to arrest them as soon as possible,” Dobhal said.

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 21:16 IST