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Lookout circular issued to stop accused from fleeing country

| | Dehradun | in Dehradun

A day after the inter-State kidney racket allegedly operating from a hospital in Doiwala was busted by the joint team from Haridwar and Dehradun police, Garhwal Range DIG Pushpak Jyoti said on Tuesday that a lookout circular has been issued to stop the accused from fleeing the country.

The agent of the racket identified as Javed Khan, native of Mumbai, who had been arrested on Monday, was sent to Suddhowala jail after being produced in the court on Tuesday, said Jyoti, adding that  Javed Khan had earlier been sent to jail for the same offence in Maharashtra.

He said that statement of the donors would be recorded under section 164 of CrPc before a Magistrate. “Medical checkups have been done on donors at Doon Hospital to  verify whether their kidneys have been removed or not,” he said. Dehradun senior superintendent of police Nivedita Kukreti said that as per the investigation reports, the foreigners who had had kidneys transplanted on them stayed at  some resorts located near the hospital which was used as the centre of the racket. “Besides, the donors used to stay at the local hotels. Notices have been served to these hotels for not conducting verification of the donors,” she said. Moreover, State police have formed a special investigation team (SIT) to be led by SP Rural, Sarita Dobhal to crack the case. Four teams, including SOG (special operation group), have been formed to arrest five accused of the case. They are  Sanjay, Akshay, Sushma Kumari, Rajiv Choudhary and Amit. A case under appropriate sections of transplantation of human organs Act, 1994 and sections 342, 420, 370 (1) of IPC have been registered against the absconding doctor, Amit along with some unidentified persons at Doiwala police station.  DIG Jyoti said that team members have been deployed at various places in Haryana, Delhi and West Bengal among others to arrest the accused. “Team members inspected the hospital and questioned the hospital staffers. Penalties will be slapped on the hospital for not conducting verification of the persons who were provided shelter,” he said. Sources said that kidney racket was operational for past four months. Many foreigners had the kidneys transplanted on them at Gangotri Charitable Hospital under Uttranchal Dental College Laltappar in Doiwala.

The racket being so widespread, involvement of the health officials cannot be ruled out.

 
 
 

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