Investigation into the interstate kidney racket has revealed that the absconding kingpin, T Rajukumar Rao, was connected to two similar rackets in Coimbatore in 2013 and Jalandhar in 2015, said police.
A team is conducting raids in Hyderabad to arrest Rajukumar, said an officer.
According to sources, Rajukumar was introduced to the organ racket by a woman and her aide in Kolkata eight years ago. Police are on the lookout for the two as well.
“Rajukumar started travelling to Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. In connivance with hospital staff, he lured vagabonds and homeless people into selling their kidneys in exchange for money to the tune of Rs 80,000 to Rs 1 lakh,” added the sources.
Police said a few years later, he shifted to Delhi.
“Rajukumar built contacts with staff and ward boys in Delhi hospitals to find recipients. He established a network of associates in other cities as well,” said sources, adding that he has got over 50 people to sell their kidneys in the past five years though his racket.
Sources said through Rajukumar’s contacts in several leading private hospitals, he learnt about patients in desperate need of kidney transplants.
He would then contact the patient, strike a deal and search for a prospective and suitable donor.
Sources added that Rajukumar had even travelled to Nepal and Sri Lanka to find donors for his clients in India, as organ donors in these countries charged less.
“Police are taking legal opinion before initiating proceedings against the recipients,” added the sources.
According to police, one of the middlemen who has been arrested, Aseem Sikdar, coordinated the operation. This included taking care of the donor’s lodging, conducting laboratory tests, scheduling meetings and handling negotiations.
The second middleman, Satya Prakash, began to work for Rajukumar after he donated his kidney in 2014, added police.