Kidney sale racket busted, four held
Nalgonda : An international racket in sale of kidneys has been busted by police in Nalgonda district of Telangana and four persons, including an agent and donors, who allegedly indulged in sale of human organs, have been arrested.
Accused K Suresh, an agent, who sold his kidney in December 2014, was arrested from here yesterday along with three other donors Abdul Hafeez, P Mahesh and K Naresh, who had sold their kidneys for a package amount received from principal agents, Nalgonda Superintendent of Police Vikram Jeet Duggal said.
The SP said Suresh, 22, a hotel management student, who wanted to lead a lavish life and had put up his contact number on a webiste ‘ineedkidney.com’, had sold his kidney in December 2014 after he was taken to a hospital in Colombo.
“Suresh apart from himself trafficked 15 others, who too sold their kidneys for Rs 5 lakh each while Suresh earned Rs 50,000 for each such kidney sale,” Duggal said.
The accused have been booked under relevant sections of IPC and AP Transplantation of Human Organs Act.
On the modus operandi of the accused, Duggal said, “Suresh after selling his kidney, learnt the tricks of this evil trade and had been forwarding copies of passports of kidney-selling aspirants to different agents.”
Such agents in turn used to get the kidney-selling donors medically tested in Gujarat and trafficking them to different hospitals in Colombo where the recipient patients were going and getting their kidneys transplanted, the SP said.
Police said that the sale of kidneys was going on clandestinely through online and social networks. The money was sent through online bank transfers by recruiting agents to the donors and the agents who transferred them to Colombo, they said.
In each kidney sale and transplant transaction the agents were charging the kidney-recipient a sum of Rs 27 lakh out of which surgery package given to hospital for each surgery was Rs 13 lakh and medical tests of donors and recipients were costing Rs 1.5 lakh, they said.
Accommodation and travel would cost about Rs 2 lakh while donor received Rs 5 lakh and trafficking agent such as Suresh were paid Rs 50,000 (for each kidney sold), police said.
Further investigation was on to nab other accused agents and paid donors, including from Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, besides Tamil Nadu, who were among the 15 persons, trafficked by Suresh to sell their kidneys, Duggal said.