Investigation into the interstate kidney racket busted by Delhi Police has revealed that the suspected kingpin, T Rajukumar Rao, was helped by another accused based in Sri Lanka. The duo have been running the racket for the last three years, said police.
Five men, including two personal assistants of a senior nephrologist in Apollo Hospital, have already been arrested in connection with the racket.
“Three of the arrested accused have been sent to judicial custody. Two were produced before a Delhi court, which sent them to police remand for two days,” said an official. Police said the middlemen used to lure poor people from West Bengal, UP and other parts of the country into selling their kidneys.
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During questioning, police learnt that the main accused, who is absconding, had contacts in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Indonesia. “The accused told investigators that Rajukumar was not running the racket by himself; he had contacts in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Nepal, who were working with him,” said police sources.
Teams of Delhi Police also conducted raids in Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chennai in search of Rajukumar and other members of his gang.
Sources said investigators got crucial leads from the bank account details of accused Aseem Sikdar, an alleged middleman from West Bengal. The financial trail could help police track down Rajukumar, said sources.
A senior police officer said, “The middlemen arrested in connection with the racket have revealed that Rajukumar never met them at Apollo Hospital. He always met them at a prominent five-star hotel and sometimes at a place near Jasola-Apollo Metro station”.
Police have also identified five recipients after going through medical records provided by Apollo Hospital, said sources. “Police got to know that the recipients paid over Rs 40 lakh for each transplant, of which not even 10 per cent reached the donors,” said sources.
Meanwhile, police have sought legal opinion about whether the donors and recipients can be charged under relevant provisions of the law.