Organ trade: Govt widens probe ambit to across stateUpdated: Sep 12, 2017 21:08 IST
Gangotri hospital, where the alleged kidney racket was going on.(HT Photo)
The Uttarakhand government on Tuesday said investigation would be carried out to find out if similar organ rackets were being run in other parts of the state, a day after the police busted a kidney racket being run from a hospital near the Uttarakhand capital.
Cabinet minister and government spokesperson Madan Kaushik said the government was awaiting a detailed report in the matter. “The strictest action will be taken against the culprits once the final report comes in. Police and health officials have been asked to find out if similar (illegal kidney removal) incidents could be operating in other parts of the state as well,” Kaushik said.
Preliminary police investigation suggests that the Gangotri Charitable Hospital at Lal Tappad, around 30 km from Dehradun, was primarily used for illegal surgeries as there were no signs of any outpatient department at the hospital. Two operation theatres and dialysis machine were found at the hospital, though no proper records of patients or doctors were found there.
“While patients are kept under medical care after removal/transplantation of kidneys, it appears that they used to be packed off to Delhi within 24 hours of the surgery,” Dehradun senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nivedita Kukreti Kumar said.
The police suspect that over 25 surgeries might have been conducted at the hospital in about three months, though further investigations are on to ascertain the same. “The modus operandi was to entice the poor people from far-off states such as West Bengal, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, after which the rich patients, including foreigners, underwent transplants,” a police officer said.
One of the four people, who had been brought to the hospital for kidney removal and were later apprehended near Haridwar on their way to Delhi, told the police that the tout Javed Khan promised Rs 3 lakh for each kidney. It is suspected that the patients may have been charged anywhere up to Rs 50 lakh. It also appears from initial investigation that surgeons from other cities used to carry out the illegal surgeries, the police said.
First Published: Sep 12, 2017 21:08 IST