Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat briefing the media about the international kidney raket in Hyderabad. Image Credit: Snaps India

Hyderabad: Rachakonda district police near Hyderabad has cracked an international kidney racket by arresting three persons including the kingpin of the racket Amrish Prathap and brought them from New Delhi to Hyderabad.

Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat told the media that the arrests were made on the complaint of one of their victims who was taken to Turkey for illegal transplant of his kidney to another patient from India.

Police had launched investigation into the activities of the gang on receiving a complaint from the victim, how he was lured through Facebook to “donate” his kidney, was taken to Turkey but after the surgery was refused the promised amount of Rs200,000.

The other two accomplices were identified as Sandeep Kumar alias Rohan Malik and Rithika Jaiswal alias Rinkey from New Delhi.

The unidentified victim told the police that he had seen an advertisement on Facebook in July 2018 seeking kidney for a patient in India. The post on social media by Malik had given a WhatsApp contact number. The victim told the police that as he was in dire financial crisis he approached Malik who promised Rs2 million apart from expenses of transportation, documentation and medical examinations.

On July 20, victim went to Delhi and was accommodated at Radission Hotel in Noida for seven days and went through several medical examinations.

Malik who took his original passport, sent the victim back to Hyderabad asking him to secure a police clearance certificate to go to Turkey.

The victim was again called to Delhi on July 27 for cross match test.

During another visit to New Delhi on August 13, 2018 the gang took him to Hotel Lemon Tree where the complainant was made to meet one Dr. Rithika Singh, of Delhi who introduced him to the patient ‘Gagan Agarwal’ and his family members.

Malik and Dr. Rithika Singh prepared forged documents and purported them to be genuine and legal so as to conduct surgery at Kent Hospital Izmir Turkey, police said.

On August 14, the victim along with patient Gagan Agarwal along with his family left for Izmir, Turkey where Amrish and a Turkey national Dina received him and he was admitted to Kent Hospital in Izmir.

On August 27, kidney transplantation surgery was conducted at Kent Hospital. But after the surgery Amrish refused to pay him the promised amount of money which led to a clash. The victim was sent back to India with a threat that if he discloses the matter to anybody he would be killed.

Cyber Crimes cell of Rachakonda police registered a case under Transplantation of Human Organs Act 1994 and IT Act.

Amrish a resident of Bhopal was detained by the immigration authorities at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on his return from Singapore on the midnight of March 28 on the basis of lookout circular issued by Rachakonda police. He was handed over to Rachakonda police and on his information other two accused were arrested.

Police commissioner Bhagwat said that Amrish, settled in Delhi had involved many doctors, diagnostic centers, government officials, agents and brokers in this scandal and used to induce donors in desperate need of money and also used to search rich patients who can spend around Rs5 million to Rs10 million for kidney transplantation. He used to send patients and donors to Western Hospital, Colombo of Sri Lanka. Al-Fahad Hospital, Cairo of Egypt and Kent Hospital, Izmir of Turkey and was successful in conducting around 40 transplantations.

Two similar cases are also pending against him at Dammaigudem police station in Bhadradri Kothagudem distcit of Telangana and CID was probing them.