NEW DELHI — A prestigious Indian hospital says it was duped by traffickers into removing the kidneys of victims believing they were relatives of needy patients, after five people were arrested for the crime.
Police on Thursday busted an illegal organ harvesting racket operating out of the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, one of city’s top private hospitals.
They have since arrested five people, including two assistants of a senior hospital doctor.
The traffickers allegedly lured poor people into selling their kidneys for 300,000 rupees ($6,080) and then re-sold the organs on the black market at huge profit.
Fake identification documents were used to fool the hospital that the victims were relatives of recipients.
Indraprastha Apollo Hospital admitted it had unwittingly removed organs from victims and said it was co-operating with police in their investigation of the alleged kidney sale racket.
“While all due precautions were conducted, the use of fake and forged documents was used for this racket with a criminal intent,” a statement from the hospital said.
“The hospital has been a victim of a well-orchestrated operation to cheat patients and the hospital.
“We urge the police to take the strictest of action against all those involved.”
Two of the five arrested suspects were personal assistants to a senior nephrologist employed at the hospital, but were not on the hospital’s payroll, the statement said.
A chronic shortage of organs available for transplant fuels a booming black-market trade in body parts in India.
Commercial trade in organs is illegal in India and transplant donations must be approved by a special transplant committee at each hospital.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.