An inter-state illegal human organ trade racket has been busted by the police in central Assam’s Morigaon district on Monday. Police arrested the kingpin of the racket – Ramen Medhi, a resident of the district, at Dakshin Dharamtul village in the district on Monday night.
Earlier to his arrest, two agents of the racket were arrested by the police. The arrestees were Nilima Boro of Guwahati and her son Mukul Boro. The accused were allegedly running the illegal kidney trade in the village for the past few years.
Morigaon superintendent of police Aparna Natarajan said, “Nothing can be said on the modus-operandi as of now as the investigation is at a preliminary stage. We are trying to trace the local agents of the racket. Investigation is undergoing in an expeditious manner. We have shared some details with the state authorization committee for organ transplantation, which is the competent authority to approve any kind of organ transplantation.”
Meanwhile, few of the victims alleged that their documents needed for kidney transplant were forged by the agents. One of the victims, on condition of anonymity, said he went to Kolkata to sell his kidney for Rs 4.5 lakh in the name of one of his relatives. “I do not have any documents. They asked me to take my brother-in-law’s PAN card and Aadhar card. They arranged all the needed documents including medical documents and asked me not to worry,” the victim said.
Nitul Mondal, who went to Kolkata a month ago to sell a kidney, escaped the trap on Monday. He reached home on Tuesday morning. Mondal alleged Bikram Das did contact him over phone and promised to pay Rs 5 lakh for a kidney.
“I do not know him personally nor have I seen. He booked train tickets for me. He sent another person to Guwahati Railway Station to hand over the ticket to me. Thereafter, I went to Kolkata by May end. I was given a room to stay. They paid the rent, electricity bills and paid us for food also,” Mondal said.