Blood racket busted in Lucknow, top hospitals’ role suspected
The accused supplied blood on demand to several blood banks and hospitals in Lucknow.The police recovered large number of stamps of doctors and stickers of different hospitals and blood banks that were paste on blood bags before supplylucknow Updated: Jun 07, 2017 14:01 IST
The Lucknow police and Food Safety and Drug Administration (FSDA) officials busted a blood supply racket in Thakurganj’s Hussainabad locality late Monday night and arrested the key operator.
SSP, Lucknow, Deepak Kumar said Mohd Arif alias Shibbu, 30, was running the racked from his two-room rented house in Thakurganj since the past two years.
He said during interrogation Shibbu revealed that he ‘single-handedly’ operated the entire racket with the help of some youths, who arranged blood donors for him.
“The accused supplied blood on demand to several Blood banks and hospitals of the city. Some of his regular clients were Shekhar hospital, Carrier Pathology, Nidan hospital, Medicine hospital, Fahmina hospital, SS hospital, Balaganj hospital, Jeevan hospital etc,” Kumar said.
The SSP said the involvement of some blood banks and hospitals is suspected in the racket as the police recovered around 1,600 blood bags from the accused. He said the blood bags are not sold in the market but the companies supply it only to registered blood banks and hospitals.
Kumar said the involvement of hospitals and blood banks in the racket will be probed.
He said the police team also recovered seven blood bags containing blood, 12 bags containing platelets, 12 glucose bottles and large number of stamps of doctors and stickers of different hospitals and blood banks that the accused used to paste on blood bags before supplying it.
The police have registered an FIR for fraud and forgery against the key operator, Kumar said and added that section 18/27 Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 was also slapped against him. He said the police were further probing the case and more arrests were likely.