The Tamil Nadu Police have busted a kidney racket and arrested a nephrologist and six others,including touts,who were running the ring in the impoverished western districts of the state for over a decade now.
The police arrested a doctor,Ganesan,said to be working for seven-eight private hospitals,including leading ones,for facilitating illegal sale of organs,on Wednesday night. He was presented before a local court that remanded him in custody.
The kingpin of the racket,N S Ayyavu,51,a broker from Salem district,was arrested while he was negotiating with S Balasubramaniam,40,of Dharmapuri to sell his kidney to P Ramesh,33,a lecturer from Tiruppur district. Balasubramaniam was also arrested.
On Wednesday,the Dharmapuri district crime branch received a complaint from a person who had bought a kidney through Ayyavu for his ailing father. The complainant said his father was a patient at a private hospital in Salem where Dr Ganesan advised him to approach the broker to arrange an organ for transplant. He spoke to Ayyavu and agreed to pay Rs 2.50 lakh. The broker,allegedly said Rs one lakh was to go to the doctor. He paid Rs 1.5 lakh in advance and obtained a kidney,which could not be used due to compatibility issues. His fathers condition worsened soon after and he died in January. Based on this complaint,the police charged Ayyavu with criminal breach of trust,cheating,forgery,criminal intimidation,and under the provisions of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act,1994.
Interrogation revealed Ayyavu had been in the trade for over a decade in Dharmapuri,Krishnagiri,Namakkal,and Erode,officials said.
He would typically charge Rs 2.50 lakh from the recipient,of which a share would go to him for brokering the deal.
Four other touts have been arrested.
DSP Asra Garg has formed special teams to visit each district of their operation to conduct detailed investigation.