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International kidney transplant racket busted: Delhi surgeon among 7 arrested

The accused with Crime Branch personnel in New Delhi on Tuesday.

New Delhi: The police has arrested at least seven people, including a 50-year-old Delhi-based woman doctor, in connection with an alleged international kidney transplant racket running across Bangladesh and the Delhi-NCR region.The Delhi Police Crime Branch had been working on the case for two months after receiving tip-off about the racket. The police official have pointed out that a majority of the donors and recipients are from Bangladesh brought to India on the basis of fake documents for the surgeries. The woman doctor is working as a kidney transplant surgeon on a “fee-for-service basis” in the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in southeast Delhi, was allegedly involved in the transplant surgeries of around 15 people from Bangladesh between 2021 and 2023, they said. The woman surgeon allegedly conducted the surgeries in Noida-based Yathartha Hospital where she was a visiting consultant.

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The other arrested persons included an assistant of the doctor, identified as Vikram Singh, and three Bangladeshi nationals identified as Rasel, Mihammad Sumon Miyan and Mohammad Rokon alias Rahul Sarkar alias Bijay Mondal. According to the officials, incriminating materials including 23 stamps, forged files of patients and donors of kidney transplantation, and forged Aadhaar cards were recovered from the possession of the accused persons. According to the police Rasel is the kingpin of this network, who came to India in 2019 and donated his Kidney to one Bangladeshi patient. After his surgery, Rasel started the racket. He would coordinate between different stakeholders and established contact with prospective kidney donors from Bangladesh and patients. One of his associates, Ifti, who is in Bangladesh, used to get the donors. He would usually get 20-25 per cent commission after the transplantation, which generally costs a patient Rs 25-30 lakh.

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