Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jul 31:
The Special Task Force (STF) of the Odisha Crime Branch on Thursday arrested five persons for their involvement in the illegal kidney sale and transplantation in Kandhamal district recently.
The arrested five have been identified as Mahendra Pattnaik (42) of Brahmapur (recipient), his wife Sulata Pattnaik (38), elder brother Rajendra Pattnaik (56) of Brahmapur, brother-in-law Kiran Kumar Pattnayak (37) of Hinjli (all from Ganjam district) and Trinath Mohanty (53) of Phulbani Town, the mediator.
Briefing newsmen here today, Crime Branch ADG, BK Sharma said the accused, with help from Trinath, had hatched a plan to remove one of the kidneys from Kanhu Behera, a Dalit youth of Phulbani town.
“They first targeted Kanhu’s father Baruna Behera, a daily wage earner. But when he refused their offer, they contacted his son Kanhu who agreed to sell one of his two kidneys to Mahendra for Rs 3.5 lakh,” Sharma said.
He said Kanhu was first taken to Chennai to remove the organ at SevenHills Hospital and then to other hospitals. But as these hospital authorities refused, the accused took Kanhu to Bridge Candy Hospital in Colombo in Sri Lanka on March 19 where the doctors removed one of his kidneys and transplanted it in Mahendra’s body. All of them returned from Sri Lanka on April 4.
The Crime Branch had begun investigation into the case acting on a report filed by Kandhamal Sub Collector Balaram Mallik.
“We have charged the accused in the kidney sale racket as they have executed the process in a fraudulent manner by submitting forged documents to the hospital authorities,” Sharma said, adding the Crime Branch has slapped charges under sections 18, 19, 20, 21 of Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act and 467, 468, 471, 474, 120 (B) of IPC against the accused after registering a fresh case in the incident on July 13.
Earlier,a similar case was registered by Phulbani Town police station on July 3, he added.
Stating that the three accused- Kiran, Rajendra and Trinath- will be forwarded to a local court in Phulbani today, Sharma said the couple was out on bail on health grounds.