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19 blood donors arrested in Uttar Pradesh

Interrogation reveals the arrested donors used to sell their blood four-five times in a month for Rs 270.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2007 12:14 IST

Cracking an unholy nexus involved in the illegal trade of blood, 19 "professional" donors and 12 employees of a private blood bank have been arrested in Aliganj area.

The arrests were made after police raided Kohli Pathology and Blood Bank in Aliganj on Sunday evening after receiving a tip off about the practices of the blood bank owners, police said on Monday.

The owners - Vinay Kohli and Chitra Kohli, both doctors - of the blood bank were not arrested as they were in the United States to attend a conference, they said.

Interrogation of the arrested donors has revealed that they used to sell their blood four-five times in a month and used to get Rs 270 for it, police claimed.

The time-gap between two blood donations should be three months, medical experts said.

Chief Medical Officer KK Singh said he had received a report from the police and procedure for sealing the pathology and blood bank had been initiated.

First Published: Feb 05, 2007 12:14 IST