The Delhi police on Thursday raided a hospital in the national capital’s south-east area and arrested six people including two women for their alleged involvement in a kidney trade racket.
Police raided Indraprastha Apollo Hospital after the Sarita Vihar police station house officer got a lead from his informers about the gang’s presence in the hospital. Among the arrested were two staff members of the hospital who worked with its senior nephrologist.
“Among six persons, three of them are middlemen, who are believed to have sold at least four kidneys so far in Delhi, and three potential donors, including two women, who were picked up from a village in North India,” The Indian Express reported, quoting sources.
The accused are being interrogated and possibilities of involvement of doctors and other hospital staff are being examined.
According to the police, the gang, which has been operating since February, used to produce fake documents to show the hospital authorities that the potential donors were relatives of the recipient and have been managed to get five such transplants executed.
The main accused, identified as Anish, was contacted by the hospital authorities from time to time on behalf of patients and he used to find donors for them. The middlemen where pocketing hefty commissions as the donors were paid only Rs three-five lakh despite the kidneys being sold to patients for Rs 25-30 lakh.
Responding to the development, Apollo Hospital said it was only "a victim of a well-orchestrated operation to cheat patients and the hospital," adding that the institution was cooperating with the police.
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