Delhi kidney racket: Fifth accused arrested in Kolkata
The racket was busted after an MBA student posed as a donor to dig deep into the racket and through spy devices provided to him by the police crime branch recorded his meetings with the middlemen, as well as his screening process at the hospital.delhi Updated: Jun 01, 2017 23:43 IST
A 37-year-old man was arrested on Thursday in Kolkata by the Delhi Police crime branch in connection with a kidney racket that was busted last week in the national capital. This was the fifth arrest so far in the case, police said.
The arrested man was identified as Arun Das. He was caught by the investigating team on Thursday evening, said police.
Officials said another team also carried out searches at Batra Hospital and seized some documents in connection with the racket. They said some doctors of the hospital were being questioned.
Praveer Ranjan, joint commissioner of police (crime), told HT that Das used to refer patients to his contacts in Delhi who would then arrange donors for the recipients. He also used to act as a link between recipients and donors.
“Das is a close aide of Jayant Sahoo, who was arrested along with Sulekha Panda, Anoj Patra and Birju Paswan, last week for indulging in illegal sale and purchase of kidneys. He is the fifth person to be arrested so far in the case,” said Ranjan.
Das had referred a Hyderabad-based family that was looking for a donor to Sahoo in Delhi. Das had a contact in Hyderabad who had put the family in touch with him.
The joint commissioner said police teams were looking for a few accused in Bhubhaneswar, Hyderabad, West Bengal who also refer patients to their Delhi contacts.
The racket was busted after an MBA student, along with a news channel reporter, contacted the crime branch in April.
The student had posed as a donor to dig deep into the racket and through spy devices provided to him by the crime branch recorded his meetings with the middlemen, as well as his screening process at the hospital.
The man underwent a screening test in front of a medical team at Batra Hospital that had cleared his interview despite him giving some wrong answers.
However, the hospital denied any wrongdoing and assured cooperation in the probe.
The middlemen gave the complainant a separate identity with fake ID cards, so that he could pass off as a member of the family of the recipient.
The middlemen targeted helpless families, who were looking for kidney donors. They were induced and charged huge amount of money with the promise to complete necessary documentation and formalities for the smooth transplant operation.
(With agency inputs)