Reacting to the recently unearthed racket of at least 13 Pandoli villagers in Anand district who sold kidney for money, Health Minister Nitin Patel Monday informed the Gujarat Assembly that not all persons sold their kidneys out of poverty, many did so for “mauj-shauk (fun)”. The minister made a statement before the Assembly after four MLAs — three Congress and one BJP — demanded a debate on the issue, seeking to know the steps taken by the state government.
Congress had lambasted the government over the kidney racket. Patel was reacting to Congress MLA from Petlad Niranjan Patel’s statement that it was shameful that such an incident of people selling off their kidneys for money happened in Charotar region of Gujarat which is considered prosperous. To this, Nitin Patel said, “It is not that only poor (who) have sold off their kidneys. Some of the persons have, in their police statements, said that they had spent the money for “mauj-shauk (fun)”.
The minister said that as soon as the government came to know about the matter, local authorities reacted promptly and an offence was registered with Petlad Rural Police Station. He also said that a Special Investigation Team of senior officials had been formed to investigate the case. While three persons had already been arrested, investigation was on to arrest other accused, the minister said.