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International kidney racket: Mumbai cops say most donors, recipients are Indians

The racket was busted on September 2 after Vruchantala Nizammudin was detained by immigration officials at the international airport

mumbai Updated: Sep 12, 2017 17:46 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
Jayprakash S Naidu
Hindustan Times
The police said surgeries performed on four of the six Indians, to harvest their kidneys illegally, were done in Cairo, Egypt. (Representational photo/Shutterstock)

Mumbai The Sahar Police investigating the alleged international kidney racket said most recipients and donors are Indians. They said the surgeries performed on four of the six Indians, to harvest their kidneys, were done in Cairo, Egypt. The police wants to make the donors as witnesses. They said all the donors are poor and hail from states such as Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

The racket was busted after Vruchantala Nizammudin, 36, alias Nizam was detained by immigration officials on September 2 at the Mumbai international airport. During interrogation, he confessed to working for Suresh Prajapati, 36. Prajapati was traced to Ahmedabad with Nizam’s help, and both were arrested. Both have been remanded in custody of Sahar Police till 15.

Investigation revealed that Prajapati was arrested for similar crimes in Hyderabad last year, wherein he took donors to Sri Lanka and harvested their kidneys illegally. He resumed his business after securing bail. Nizam, who helped Prajapati then, was wanted in this case.

The police said more people are involved in this racket and are operating from Cairo. They added that lookout circulars (LOC) have been issued against the suspects at international airports.

Cops said Nizam lured donors from poor families and sent them to Egypt with Prajapati’s help, who arranged for passports, tickets and visas. The donors were flown to Egypt via Mumbai and Delhi. While the donors were paid Rs5 lakh, the duo took much more from the recipients.

The day Nizam was arrested, he had three passports on him. While two belonged to him, including an expired passport, the third one was for the person who was to be sent abroad. Cops are on the lookout for this person. Prajapati had paid Nizam Rs40, 000 for each of the 15 donors.

First Published: Sep 12, 2017 17:46 IST