Police bust kidney racket
“According to the preliminary investigation, the modus operandi was to bring people from faraway states like Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Gujarat, and conduct the kidney-removal procedure at the hospital,” Dehradun SSP Nivedita Kukreti Kumar said. The possible involvement of hospital staffers in the racket is also being probed.Updated: Sep 12, 2017 14:24 IST
HARIDWAR/DEHRADUN: A joint team of Haridwar and Dehradun police personnel busted an illegal kidney-removal operation being allegedly run from a hospital at Lal Tappad, near the Uttarakhand capital, on Monday.
Police said flight tickets to Oman were found at the spot, hinting at a possible international link to the racket.
Acting on a tip-off, the joint team stopped a car plying from the Gangotri Charitable Hospital to Delhi at the Saptrishi border checkpost near Haridwar. Four people – Sheikhtaj Ali, Susama Banerjee, Krishna Das (all residents of West Bengal) and Bhavji Bhai (from Gujarat) – were arrested along with the driver, identified as local resident Deepak Kumar. Though a tout – Javed Khan from Mumbai – managed to escape from the spot, he was later taken into custody.
When questioned, Bhavji told police that he and his companions had been promised Rs 3 lakh per kidney by the tout. The kidneys of Das and Ali had been removed at the hospital, and Banerjee and Bhavji were to be operated on next. “However, when Javed did not pay the promised amount, we refused to go ahead with the procedure. When we started protesting, they decided to pack us off to Delhi in a car with Javed,” Bhavji said.
Police are conducting raids to arrest Dr Amit Rawat, a medical professional allegedly involved in the racket. Forensic experts and health department officials are assisting investigators in the probe.
“According to the preliminary investigation, the accused’s modus operandi was to bring people from faraway states like Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Gujarat, and conduct the kidney-removal procedure at the hospital,” Dehradun senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nivedita Kukreti Kumar said. The possible involvement of hospital staffers in the racket is also being probed.
Ali, Banerjee, Das and Bhavji were later referred to the Chaman Rai district hospital at Haridwar for a medical examination. Chief medical superintendent Aarti Dhaundiyal said though ultrasound reports were still awaited, it prima facie seemed as if surgical procedures had been conducted on two people.
First Published: Sep 12, 2017 14:23 IST