Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 11:
The investigations by the Commissionerate Police into the alleged sale of kidney by a woman from Mangalabag area of Cuttack in Odisha have revealed new details and information that tend to reinforce the suspicion that this was not a one-off incident but part of a regular racket which has been thriving over the years right under the nose of the concerned authorities.
The police who were initially reluctant to admit the existence of a organ sale racket even though they had evidence of money changing hands, now say they have reasons to believe that a racket was at work behind the whole operation, after stumbling upon some solid evidence.
Twin city Police Commissioner Dr RP Sharma on Saturday said “We have evidence of a racket operating behind such deals and have identified the suspects. Very soon action will be taken against them. Whosoever’s complicity in the case comes to the fore will be investigated”.
“After we came across evidence of monetary transaction to have taken place in the kidney donation, the police, during the course of their investigations, have interrogated several persons and examined several documents at the Directorate of Medical Examination & Training (DMET), Apollo Hospital, Bhubaneswar and office of the Tehsildar, Cuttack. We have also recorded fresh statements of the donor Padmini Nayak and her husband Bhabagrahi”, said Dr Sharma.
The statements made by the twin-city police chief have sent shivers among the authorities of the premier private hospital, members of the authorization committee of the state Health department, owners of the private nursing homes involved in the racket and middlemen, said sources.
Police investigations into the matter had gained momentum after the income certificate of Bhabagrahi provided to the authorization committee turned out to be a false one.
Again, the fact that three suspects in the case had absconded further strengthened doubts that it was indeed a case of an organ sale rather than a donation by a person unrelated to the patient, said police sources.
However, the fact that no arrests have been made even after 11 days of the incident gives credence to the assumption that the police are under pressure because of the possible involvement of some bigwigs in the case.
It may be recalled here that police began investigating the matter after Sarat Nayak, the brother- in-law of Padmini Nayak, the victim and a resident of Nayak Sahi under Mangalabag police limits, complained to the police that his sister-in-law and brother had been kidnapped by people running a kidney sale racket.