Now, army hospital under scanner for 'illegal' transplants
The Delhi Police have accused the authorisation committee of the Army's Research and Referral (RR) Hospital, which sanctions permission for organ transplant, of negligence while giving such sanctions.
In a chargesheet filed in a case of illegal kidney transplant registered in Delhi's CP police station, the police have named two employees of the hospital's neurological department — S Prasadand Raj Pal — of being involved in several illegal kidney transplants that allegedly took place at the hospital. The case is in the stage of framing of charges against the accused and will come up for hearing on March 25.
The police, in a detailed chargesheet, has cited several cases of illegal organ transplantation that took place at the hospital. It alleges in all the cases, the recipient and the donor were shown to be siblings. However, in all the cases the police later found there was no relation between the donor and the recipient. But every case was given speedy sanction by the authorisation committee.
The case first came to the police's notice in August 2004 when Kishore Kumar, whose kidney was allegedly removed and donated to one Veena Devi, filed a case against Sanjay Kumar, a tout.
Kishore, who used to work as a waiter at wedding parties, met Sanjay near CP's Hanuman Mandir. Sanjay soon befriended Kishore. Once when Kishore complained of stomach ache, he took him to the RR Hospital. He was asked to tell his name as Jagdish as Sanjay claimed to have a hospital card on the said name. He was made to sign some documents as Jagdish.
Kishore, who claims to be illiterate, said he had no knowledge of what the documents read. He was soon admitted at the hospital and was operated. He remained under observation for the next 15-20 days. A few days later, Kishore went back to his village and fell sick.
During a local check-up, he was told this was due to the recent operation as one of his kidneys had been removed.
Kishore, who was shocked to hear this, came back to Delhi and filed a case of cheating against Sanjay.
"During investigation, it was found 'Jagdish' was the name of Veena's brother. The accused persons had fraudulently got an affidavit signed from the victim, saying he was willingly and knowingly donating his kidney to his sister Veena," the police said.
The police soon arrested Sanjay. They also found the said modus operandi was rampant at the hospital: many cases sanctioned by the authorisation committee.
An alert patrolman averted an accident by stopping a locomotive along the Mumbai-Pune rail route as it was approaching a fallen boulder on the track in the early hours of Friday. Rail services on the route that had to be temporarily halted but it was restored by 8:15am on Friday morning. Patrolman Motiram Lodhi who was on duty at that time, immediately stopped the approaching locomotive and informed his seniors about the incident.
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In a tragic incident, at least five persons died while four others were hospitalised after consuming spurious liquor in Bihar's Saran district on Friday. Mohammad Alauddin Khan (resident of Audha village), Kameshwar Mahto alias Loha, Ramjeevan alias Rajendra Ram, Rohit Singh and Papu Singh (Bhuwalpur village) died after consuming the poisonous liquor. Four others namely—Ramnath Mahto, Lalbabu Shah, Shankar Rai and Hira Rai are undergoing treatment in the hospital.
Karnataka Police on Friday said that more than 25 people were taken into custody in Hulihyder village, in connection with a clash that broke out between two communities in the Koppal district on Muharram. Superintendent of Police, Arunagshu Giri, Koppal said, "We have deployed the police and have asked to impose Section 144 in the area for seven days."