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11 months after kidney theft, Odisha victim still awaits action

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Reported by Tapas Das
Bhubaneswar, Jun 4:

Almost two years after his kidney was taken out after drugging him and eleven months after he lodged a complaint, driver Bulu Behera is still waiting for the Odisha authorities to at least initiate some action against the culprits.

Bulu Behera showing the incision on his body to remove his kidney
Bulu Behera showing the incision on his body to remove his kidney

So far, the poor man, along with his family, has approached the Commissionerate Police, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET) and the Chief Minister’s Office seeking justice, but his complaint is stuck in a ballgame being played between Commissionerate Police and DMET.

While Commissionerate Police points to the High Court order that asked DMET to carry out the investigation, DMET Prakash Mohapatra claimed ignorance on the issue.

“The accused had approached the High Court on the issue and pointed out that investigating kidney theft is not under the jurisdiction of Commissionerate Police and only DMET can carry out the investigation. The case is pending with DMET ever since,” said Zone-4 ACP of Commissionerate Police Akshay Mishra.

“I am new here. I don’t know about the issue and can’t comment on it,” said Mohapatra.

Bulu, who worked as a driver of Prashant Sahu of Badagada area in Bhubaneswar, was asked to donate blood when Sahu’s sister Minati fell sick.

He was taken to Kolkata’s Rabindranath Tagore Hospital on September 10, 2013, where Minati had been admitted. He was given an injection and upon regaining consciousness, he found stitches on his stomach. Later, he learnt that his kidney had been taken out and planted in Minati’s body.

As per his complaint, the accused brothers Prashant Sahu and Sushant Sahu, owners of Durga Transport in Gautam Nagar, had mentioned Minati as his wife in hospital records.  They had even procured a forged marriage registration record and photo identity to prove they were husband and wife without his knowledge.

Bulu Behera with his wife and two children
Bulu Behera with his wife and two children

Based on his complaint in Badagada police station last year, the cops had registered a case under  section 112/14 and section 18/19/20 of the the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994.

Tthough the Sahu brothers were on the run after the case was registered, they are now roaming around freely. Even though the High Court has denied their advanced bail plea, the cops have not yet been able to arrest them. Eleven months after the complaint, the investigation also has not progressed much.

A voluntary organisation named ‘Ama Adhikara’, however, has come out to stand by him.

“Out workers and his family members would go for a fast unto death in front of DMET office, should the victim not get justice within next 24 hours,” said Ganesh Dash on behalf of Ama Adhikara.