Police nabs kidney trader

policeAfter chasing the alleged kingpin of the Delhi kidney racket across six cities in four states, Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested T Rajkumar Rao from Kolkata. Rao was spearheading the syndicate for almost a decade.

The accused had been evading arrest since the last four days after the Delhi Police exposed a kidney transplant racket at a leading private hospital. Cops also arrested three others in the same case including a couple for donating their organs after taking money from touts. Police will also be questioning 10 doctors in connection with the same case.

KINGPIN HAD WOMAN MENTOR

Rao, aged around 40 years, is believed to be associated with organ rackets in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. He was introduced to the organ racket by a woman and her aide in Kolkata eight years ago. Police are on the lookout for the two as well.

“Teams had conducted raids in six cities but Rao managed to escape each time. Finally after four days of being on the run, he has been arrested and will be produced in a Delhi court on Wednesday.

He is being brought here on transit remand,” a senior officer said.

The kidney racket kingpin was under the police scanner for operating similar rackets since 2007 and was connected to two similar rackets in Coimbatore in 2013 and Jalandhar in 2015.

Rao was identified after interrogating the middlemen in the racket and teams were rushed to several states to track him down.

Delhi Police have also arrested three persons from Delhi taking the total number of arrests in this high-profile case to nine. Five people were arrested earlier.

GANG BUST

Those arrested have been identified as Umesh and Nilu, who are a married couple based out of Kanpur, and Mamta alias Maumita, wife of one of the five accused arrested last week.

Their names emerged after the arrested touts divulged to the police that both had sold their kidneys to repay the loan which they had taken for their son’s leg surgery.

The officer further stated that Neelu received a meagre Rs four lakh, while her husband Umesh ended up with just Rs three lakh. All 10 doctors in Apollo Hospital’s internal assessment committee for transplant surgeries will be quizzed.

The committee comprises senior doctors working at the hospital, independent doctors as well as a government doctor.Taking serious action regarding the matter, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals has constituted an independent inquiry committee to investigate the racket.

The hospital has invited eminent jurist, Justice Mukul Mudgal, former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court to head the committee.

The committee shall study the existing system for authorisation in the hospital and give its recommendations to ensure that current approval mechanisms are strengthened.

During the initial probe, cops found a businessman living in a posh locality of Ghaziabad along with recipients at Jaipur and Hyderbad who were in touch with the gang. (India Today)

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