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Odisha kidney sale racket: Where is the kingpin hiding ?

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Odisha Suntimes Bureau
Cuttack, June 7:

Where is the kingpin of the organ sale racket in Odisha ? Although it is over a month since  the case of kidney sale  by Padmini Nayak of Nayak Sahi of Mangalabag area in Cuttack made headlines, Rashmiranjan Khatua, considered to have been the kingpin of the racket  still remains at large.

Padmini Nayak. kidney seller
Padmini Nayak. kidney seller

Soon after, the case of the second victim of the kidney sale racket- Namita Nayak from the same locality- had also been reported.

The police have so far succeeded in arresting five persons in the two cases but the kingpin seems to have eluded their net.Sources alleged that Rashmiranjan Khatua’s arrest is being deliebrately delayed to facilitate him to get an anticipatory bail from the court. There are also reports that efforts are on to silence the complainants by offering them big money. For, if the complainants keep their mouths shut as per plan, the cases will neverlead to the indictment of the real culprits.

It may be recalled here that the first complaint on the alleged sale of kidney by Padmini Nayak of Nayak Sahi of Mangalabag was reported to the police on April 28 last. Since then Rashmiranjan Khatua’s role in this murky business had come to to the fore.

Rashimiranjan runs a nursing home at Badambadi in Cuttack city apart from a transformer repairing unit and several other businesses. He hails from Tikarpanga in Mahakalpada area of Kendrapara district. Incidentally, Padmini in her interview to Kanak TV had revealed that the deal for kidney sale had been stuck at a nursing home in Badambadi area of the city.

Certain sources  have alleged that both Padmini and Namita have been paid ‘bribe moneyin lakhs’  to keep their mouths shut and accordingly their affidavits have been prepared before a notary.

The sources also alleged that the police, too, is trying to settle the matter and not drag it any further because the involvement of several influential persons is suspected in this lucrative organ business,

Reports of such moves have led to apprehensions that there is concerted attempt by several government agencies and the police  to hush up the matter.