New Delhi: The Delhi Police has busted a kidney trade racket in the national capital with the arrest of five persons, including two personal staff of a doctor at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital.
They were arrested from the Apollo Hospital in southeast Delhi at around 9 pm on Thursday. The police were tipped off about the gang's presence in the hospital.
The two arrested Apollo staff members Aditya and Sukesh worked with the
hospital's senior nephrologist Dr Ashok Sarin.
The donor was shown as a relative or spouse of the recipient on the basis of forged documents. A board set by the hospital certifies that that donor and recipient are genuine or not.
The mastermind of the racket has been identified as Anish. The Apollo Hospital staff used to inform him about the needy patients and Anish arranged for donors. Donors were arranged for needy patients for Rs 25 to 30 lakh. However, the gang paid the donors just Rs 3 to 5 lakh.
The police said that they have credible information about 5 such illegal transplants carried out by the gang in the past 6 months.
Importantly, the police have made it clear that involvement of doctors and/or of the hospital management cannot be ruled at this juncture.
The police is examining documents it has seized from the hospital.
A case has been registered at Sarita Vihar police station and the accused are being interrogated to find more about the gang's reach.