It was a complaint about a squabbling couple that eventually helped Delhi Police unearth a kidney racket spanning five states and involving multiple suspects.
At 8.03 pm on Monday, the Police Control Room (PCR) received a call about a married couple fighting and creating a ruckus outside Apollo Hospital in Sarita Vihar. Police personnel who responded to the PCR call and went to the site, initially couldn’t understand a word they were saying. The couple hailed from West Bengal and spoke in Bangla.
But the policemen could understand that the wife, later identified as Maumita, was angry as she had not received money from her husband, identified as Devashish Mauli.
They were taken to Sarita Vihar police station, where one of the inspectors asked Maumita why she was fighting with her husband. “The policemen were shocked by her answer. She told them her husband, with the help of some middlemen, had sold her kidney to a recipient. She claimed that though she was supposed to get Rs 3 lakh from Mauli, he had only given her Rs 1.5 lakh,” police sources told The Indian Express.
The policemen immediately informed the station house officer (SHO) and started questioning her husband. “Mauli initially claimed his wife was not mentally stable. But during questioning, he admitted that he had sold his wife’s kidney with the help of some middlemen,” said sources.
“Mauli told police he had met Aseem Sikdar, one of the middlemen, a few months ago. Sikdar had offered him Rs 3 lakh to sell his kidney. However, after Mauli came to Delhi and underwent medical tests, it was found that his kidney was not suitable for the recipient. But as he had already taken advance payment from Sikdar, he hastily promised to arrange another kidney. He managed to convince his wife to sell her kidney,” added sources.
Senior officials of Delhi Police formed a special investigation team (SIT), comprising 25 officers, to bust the racket and track down those involved in it.
“With the help of information from Sikdar, raids were conducted on several hotels and guest houses of Paharganj and Kotla Mubarakpur. Police arrested several members of the gang and also found three women kidney donors — two of them had already donated their kidneys, while the third was planning to do so soon,” said sources.