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Odisha kidney sale racket : New case of kidney ‘theft’ surfaces in Bhubaneswar

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 14:

Even as the Opposition in the Odisha Assembly moved an adjournment motion today on the  kidney sale racket operating in the state, a shocking case of kidney theft has come to light in the state capital here.

According to a complaint lodged in the Badagada police station, Bulu Behera, an employee of Jayadurga Transport Company Ltd at Goutam Nagar in Bhubaneswar and a native of Budichandi Lane in Tulasipur area under Bidanasi police station of Cuttack, has alleged that the company owner, on the pretext of collecting blood, has removed one of his kidneys by administering anesthesia at a private hospital in Kolkata.

Bulu Behera; Victim of kidney theft
Bulu Behera; Victim of kidney theft

Alleging that his owners, after luring him with financial assistance, have got his kidney removed and transplanted it in their sister’s body, Behera said he was offered Rs 30,000 after the operation.

Behera, who joined as a worker of the company in January last year, was requested by Prasant Sahu and Susant Sahu, owners of the company to donate blood for their sister who was undergoing treatment at the Rabindranath Tagore Hospital in Kolkata.

Behera agreed to donate blood after much persuasion and was taken to Kolkata on September 17 last year.

On September 19, the doctors at the hospital, administered him with anesthesia.

After he regained his consciousness, he found his right side of the stomach stitched.

Later, he came to know that his kidney had been removed.

The owners of his company managed to carry out the kidney transplant with th help of fake documents that identified him falsely as their sister’s  husband,  Behera said in his complaint.

He also said that after reaching Bhubaneswar, his bosses gave him Rs 30,000 in cash and then terminated his services after some days.

“They also shouted at my wife who had gone to ask the reason behind my termination from the service”, Behera said.

Acting on the complaint, police have begun investigation into the case.

However, the accused—Prasant Sahu and Susant Sahu and their sister Minati are absconding, police said.