news Friday, July 10, 2015 - 05:30
Image for representation purpose only A woman from Ramanagar district has allegedly sold off her kidney for Rs 3 lakh to repay loans. However, the police suspect that this is a case of illegal kidney racket and believe that it has been thriving in and around Bengaluru with the involvement of some doctors, reported Deccan Herald. Shashikala who hails from Magadi taluk in Ramanagar has allegedly sold one of her kidneys to an elderly woman from Bengaluru. She had contested Taggikuppe Gram Panchayat elections three years ago and had lost by a narrow margin of two votes. She had borrowed Rs seven lakhs for this and had defaulted on payments. Unable to repay the debt, Shashikala was aware that Srinivas was looking for a kidney donor and decided to sell the kidney for Rs three lakh by keeping her husband, Venkatesh, in the dark. According to the report, the transplant took place in Vikram Hospital in Mysuru on June 26. Srinivas, a resident of Cubbonpet in the city needed a kidney for his mother Lalithamma who suffered from kidney ailments. He took the help of his friend Suresh in creating fake documents and getting it verified from officials at the Halasuru Gate police in Bengaluru. “The manner in which the kidney was sold and the documents fabricated suggest the possibility of a major kidney racket. The truth would be unravelled only when we arrest Srinivas and Suresh,” the paper quoted a police official as saying. The police suspect that Suresh is involved in similar cases. Suresh helped Srinivas fabricate the documents, changing Shashikala’s name to Shweta in the documents and mentioning her as Srinivas’ wife. After knowing about the situation, Venkatesh reportedly destered her, but the police are on look out for him to ascertain his role in the racket. Shashikala has now been admitted to a government hospital in Magadi to treat post-surgery complications, however, her condition is said to be serious, added the report.