International kidney racket busted in Delhi, 3 arrested

Hyderabad: The police yesterday arrested three people involved in kidney an international kidney racket in Delhi and produced before court.

The accused were identified as Amrish Prathap, the main accused, and his two accomplices, Sandeep Kumar also known as Rohan Malik and a woman (37). They had allegedly lured a 33-year-old man from the city and got his kidney removed in Turkey after promising to pay Rs 20 lakh. They have till now conducted around 40 transplantation.

The three were later brought to Hyderabad on a transit remand. It has been reported that the accused used brokers and social media to lure them with big cash. They then looked for rich patients in need of transplantation and who would be willing to give Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore for it.

The donors and patients would be sent to Sri Lanka, Egypt and Turkey. The police could nab the culprits after a complaint made by a victim in February this year. In 2018, he seen a post on Facebook by Rohan Malik under the caption ‘Kidney needed in India’ and contacted the accused. They promised to pay Rs 20 lakh for his kidney, besides providing expenses for transportation, accommodation, documentation and medical examinations.

He met the accused and attended all the required medical examinations including cross-match test with the patient, police said. In August 2018, Malik informed the victim about his travel to Turkey for surgery and removal of the complainant’s kidney.

However, after the surgery the accused refused to pay him the promised money, which led to a clash there, following which they threatened him, saying if he disclosed the matter, they would kill him.

The complainant, having no other option on foreign soil, pleaded with them, collected his passport and returned to India. Following his complaint, a case was registered under relevant sections of the IPC, the Transplantation of Human Organs Act and the IT Act.

Amrish Prathap had involved many doctors, diagnostic centres, government officials, agents and brokers in the racket. A special police team kept surveillance over the activities of the accused and a Look Out Circular was issued against Prathap. On 28 March midnight, Prathap landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi from Singapore and Immigration authorities detained him.

NT Bureau