Gandhi Hospital nephrologist in kidney racket
HYDERABAD: An illegal kidney racket involving a nephrologist of a government hospital in the city was busted on Sunday with the arrest of two agents who lured a private employee from Medak to sell away his kidneys.
According to police, the agents collect details of patients who are in need of kidney transplantation from various hospitals and strike a deal with them.
They contact poor people who are in need of urgent money and lure them into a deal.
Two such agents, Rajendra Prasad of Khairatabad in the city and Venkata Srinivas of Addanki in Prakasam district, were caught by the police with the help of a journalist of a TV channel which conducted a sting operation.
Approached by decoy police for a kidney, the agents zeroed in on a man from Dubbaka in Medak district and offered him Rs 5 lakh if he donated his kidney. In need of money, the man agreed to be the donor.
According to Punjagutta police sub-inspector K Ravi Kumar, the agents take prospective donors to the nephrologist, Dr Ramesh Chada, who works at a government hospital and also at Indu Super Specialty Hospital at Karkhana.
`After the doctor gives a certificate that the person can become a donor, transplantation surgery is performed,'' the SI said.
On Sunday, when the decoy police approached the doctor in his chambers, he recognised the journalist and, denying his involvement, rushed out of the hospital.
Two of his assistants, PS Praveen and Prasanth, who are also allegedly working as agents, also fled the hospital.
The two arrested agents had been luring donors with money for the past six months. The transplantation surgeries are being performed at a corporate hospital in the city, police said.
Cases under AP Human Organs Transplantation Act, 1995 and Sec 420 of IPC were registered against racketeers and a hunt is on to nab other accused, the SI said.
News Posted: 7 May, 2012
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