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Intercountry kidney transplant racket busted

Gurugram : An intercountry kidney transplant racket has been busted by the Gurugram police in which people from Bangladesh were allegedly lured through advertisement on facebook. A joint raid by a team of the chief minister’s flying squad, district health department and the Gurugram police raided a guest house in Gurugram and busted a gang that was allegedly involved in illegal organ trade. Police said the donors and recipients both have been identified as Bangladeshis, who were taken to Jaipur and were checked in a guest house and then they were taken to two private hospitals for the surgeries in. According to the police when the police raided the the guest house, they found two donors and three recipients in different rooms. “Based on the information provided by the five, the mastermind of the gang has been identified as Mohammed Murtaza Ansari, of village Karge in Ranchi, Jharkhand.” “Ansari had placed advertisements on social media platforms and had connections in Bangladesh who used to facilitate the deal between the donor and recipients. Ansari used to provide forged documents for medical visas, and passports to both sides,” the police said. The police has not arrested the five Bangladeshis as they are looking for the mastermind Ansari.

The donors on the other hand told police that they were contacted by a middleman of the gang and they immediately agreed to sell the kidney as they were in dire need of money. The gang had created fake documents so as the donor and recipient appear to be close relatives. “We are verifying all the documents and will recover from the hospital as well to check the case they presented before the hospital. The gang members used to give advertisements for organ donation on social media platforms and that is how they got in touch with their donors and were running the operations in India,” the police said.

Dr. Pawan Chaudhary, deputy civil surgeon of Gurugram who had lodged the complaint with the police said that the raid was conducted in Sector 39 for the purpose of verification of a secret complaint received that a nexus of organ transplant is run by Ansari. “When the raiding team reached the guest house, the guest house owner was found present and he disclosed that five of the guests are currently staying who are from Bangladesh and he suspects that they are patients who are staying here and were brought by one middleman identified as Ansari. During questioning of the guests, all natives of Bangladesh, it was revealed that they are donors and recipients of the Kidney who were treated at a prominent hospital of Jaipur. The donor and the recipient are not in blood relation to each other. When donor and recipient were enquired about the no objection certificate or any permission from the authority, neither the donor nor the recipients, could produce any such document,” he said.