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Kandhamal kidney sale: Odisha Crime Branch probe begins in 2 days


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar/Phulbani, Jun 5:

A five-member team of Odisha Crime Branch will begin the probe into the much-talked-about kidney sale case in Kandhamal district within two days.

Kanhu (right) with his father Barun Behera
Kanhu (right) with his father Barun Behera

The team will have a DSP and an Inspector, who will be assisted by two constables and a havaldar.

The Crime Branch SP will monitor, review and expedite the investigation at the headquarters office, reliable sources said.

Meanwhile, there have been some more revelations in the kidney sale case.

Sources said after coming in contact with Kanhu Behera, Trinath Mohanty, a kin of Mahendra Patnaik, took him to Brahmapur where he offered him money and land. During his two-day stay in Brahmapur, Kanhu was treated like a son by the mother of Mahendra Patnaik and offered good food.

The Patnaik family, which made an advance payment of Rs 20,000 to Kanhu, later paid him Rs 3.30 lakh after a bargain.

The family prepared the visa and passport for Kanhu after changing his title from Behera to Patnaik.

The youth was first taken to Phulbani, then Bramhapur and finally Bhubaneswar by road from where he was taken to Chennai by train. In Chennai, he boarded a flight to Sri Lanka where his kidney was transplanted in a hospital.

After the transplant, Kanhu was brought to Brahmpur and kept in the house of Mahendra Patnaik for some days for recuperation before being sent back to his rented house at Phulbani.

However, the plan of Barun, father of Kanhu, to construct a pucca house on his land, triggered suspicion among the locals which later forced Kanhu to spill the beans.