Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, June 6:
As new revelations keep trickling in, it is now becoming increasingly clear that the tentacles of the kidney racket in Odisha have spread much wider than initially thought.
Close on the heels of the unearthing of two cases of fraudulent kidney sale in Nayak Sahi in Cuttack, a man in Bhubaneswar lodged an FIR at the Lingaraj police station on Friday accusing three of his friends of fraudulently removing one of his kidneys.
In his FIR, 39-year-old Ramesh Chandra Sahu of Khanati Village in Bolagarh Tehsil in Khordha district of Odisha claimed that he had been taken to New Delhi by three persons – his friend Tuna Khan and two of his friends, Nandi Sahu of Sonepur and Fakir Tandi of Nuapada – on the pretext of giving him a job. During his stay in the national capital, he was asked by the three to join a party where he was drugged.
“When I woke up the next day, I found myself lying in a hospital bed. I got to know from my friends that I had undergone a surgery for kidney stone and the operation was a success,” he said.
The operation took place at a hospital in Vasant Kunj in New Delhi in March 2011, barely a month after he landed in Bhubaneswar in search of a job, the victim revealed. He said shortly after reaching Bhubaneswar, he met Tuna Khan, a person from his own district, who, in turn, introduced him to the other two.
Sahu said it was only on his return to Bhubaneswar in April that he came to know that one of his kidneys had been removed in the operation. He was given Rs 1 lakh by Tuna Khan and was told that more would be given to him later, a promise that was never fulfilled. Tuna avoided him and did not take his calls, the hapless victim said.
“The money they had given me was spent on my medical expenses. During last two years, I have been requesting Tuna to give me some additional money for my medical expenses, but he never paid any heed to my demands. Panicky after the commissionerate police’s ongoing probe into the kidney sale racket, they have been threatening me and my family of late,” said the man who is a security guard in a city agency.
Sahu said he was forced to seek police help as his friends, who cheated him three years ago, are now threatening his family members following unearthing of the kidney sale racket in Cuttack.
Twin City Commissioner Dr RP Sharma told OST that he was aware of the case and had asked his officers to verify the allegations made by Sahu.