While half of the money went to the hospital, the donors got Rs 5 lakh and the agent got Rs 50,000.

Telangana police busts kidney racket with a Sri Lankan connection Representational image by Tiiu Sild (via Wikimedia Commons
news Kidney racket Thursday, January 07, 2016 - 12:56

Police in Telangana have reportedly busted an international illegal kidney transplantation racket after arresting four alleged illegal donors on Wednesday.

According to police, 22-year-old Kasparaju Suresh, the primary accused acted as a local agent for handlers and would arrange passports and visas for 15 other illegal donors. These donors would then be operated upon in hospitals in Colombo. Suresh himself sold his kidney in 2014.

Nalgonda District Superintendent of Police, S Sudhakar told The News Minute, “In 2014, Suresh sold his own kidney and he got Rs 5 lakhs. Later, for each transplant he earned Rs 50,000 to 1 lakh.”

Among the 15, four are from Nalgonda district, four from Hyderabad, four from Bangalore, two from Tamil Nadu and one each is from Delhi and Mumbai. Reportedly, 15 people were lured to donate their kidneys by Suresh and his handlers and they arranged medical tests in Mumbai or Gujarat.

Clients were apparently charged Rs 27 lakh for a kidney. While half of the money went to the hospital, the donors got Rs 5 lakh and the agent got Rs 50,000.

Suresh, a son of a daily wage labourer sold his kidney via the website www.ineedkidney.com and lured other youths through the internet so as to make money to support his lavish lifestyle.

The kingpins of the racket are believed to be based in Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bhopal, after all of the arrested confessed to their crime.

Suresh is a second-year hotel management student of Sun Hotel, Ram Nagar, Hyderabad. The other arrested were Abdul Hafeez alias Qasim, Mahesh and Naresh from Nalgonda.

Police have framed them for illegal transplantation of human organs, for cheating people and the government and for criminal conspiracy besides seizing their passports. 

According to NDTV, the racket was busted only after Qasim’s family came to know about it and approached the police.

Hans India reported that Nawaloak hospital, Western hospital and Lankan hospital of Colombo are also involved in the racket.  

However, this is not the first instance of illegal organ transplantation being reported from the region.

In February 2015, Hyderabad Police had arrested four persons for running a global kidney racket, including a Shirdi-based doctor.

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