Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 3:
The Odisha government on Tuesday ordered a Crime Branch probe into the kidney sale case in Phulbani district.
The directive of the state government came on the basis of the report on the incident submitted by Kandhamal collector Yamini Sarangi.
Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Arati Ahuja wrote a letter in this connection to the additional director general (ADG), Crime Branch, BK Sharma late on Tuesday evening, official sources said.
Informing the media, Ahuja said the Health and Family Welfare department received the probe report of Kandhamal district administration in the evening and is examining the report.
Though the district administration in its report has failed to ascertain the cause of the incident, it has, however, stated that the kidney transplant was done in a hospital in Sri Lanka.
“Since the incident has taken place in another country, it would be very difficult for the department to investigate the matter. Considering this, the department has decided to hand over the case to the Crime Branch with a request to take appropriate action against the guilty,” the Health secretary said.
The district administration, on the basis of the investigation report by the sub collector and the SDPO, has informed the Health and Family Welfare that the donor Kanhu Behera had shown the train and flight tickets relating to his visit to Sri Lanka to the investigating officers.
It has also requested the department to verify the authenticity and genuineness of Kanhu’s visa and passport for his visit to Sri Lanka.
The Health secretary said the Crime Branch investigation would reveal the details, including the dialysis, surgery, transplant, doctor’s recommendation and liaisoning with the hospital in Sri Lanka.
“The department is hopeful that the Crime Branch would be able to find the involvement of those who had arranged the visa and passport for Kanhu and Mahendra Patnaik (who received the kidney from Kanhu). It would also investigate whether the transplant was made within the framework of law and the amount spent towards it,” she added.
It may be recalled that Kanhu Behera, the son of Barun Behera, a daily wage earner, had sold one of his two kidneys to a man in Brahmapur for Rs 3.5 lakhs in April this year.
The report was first published in ‘Sambad’.
Being the only son of his parents, Kanhu did odd jobs to help his father run the family, which neither has a house nor a BPL card.
Talking to Sambad, he had said he decided to sell one of his kidneys after coming in contact with a broker through whom he met Mahendra Patnaik of Gandhi Nagar area in Brahmapur city whose two kidneys were damaged.
“He (Mahendra Patnaik) promised to give me Rs 3.5 lakh and gave me the time to decide. I decided to give one of my kidneys to him as I thought that with the money I would get from it, I would be able to construct a house for my parents to ensure a smile on their face,” Kanhu said.