Telangana

Kingpin of kidney racket held

Superintendent of Police Vikram Jeet Duggal producing the accused in the kidney racket case before the media in Nalgonda on Tuesday.— Photo: Singam Venkataramanana  

The episode looked a straight lift from the movies. The antagonist (Arun Vijay) in Entha vaadu gaani , the dubbed Telugu version of the Tamil hit Yennai Arindhaal — with Ajith Kumar in the lead — is an Ahmedabad-based smooth operator, who arranges human organs for money. The real episode that bore alarming resemblance to the film unfolded in Nalgonda, following the arrest of the kingpin in the kidney racket, Suresh Prajapathi (36), and two of his cronies, who facilitated 60 kidney transplantations.

Police arrested Prajapathi’s accomplice Dilip Umedamal Chouhan (31), who used to help conduct health tests on donors at various diagnostic centres in Ahmedabad. They also filed cases against six Sri Lankan doctors working with four different hospitals in Colombo on the charge of conducting paid kidney transplantation in violation of ethics. Superintendent of Police Vikram Jeet Duggal told reporters on Tuesday that they arrested a native of Suryaraopet in Kakinada, Jenu Nookaraju (30), who was part of housekeeping staff in a private hotel at Gachibowli, based on phone calls received by Prajapathi in Hyderabad. Investigators realised that Prajapathi and Chouhan were coming to Hyderabad to meet Nookaraju and arrested them.

Interrogation led to Prajapathi confessing that he was introduced to human organ trade by Dhawal Daruwala, a resident of Surat, in 2012.

All donors and recipients were from India and transplants took place in four Sri Lankan hospitals.

He used to charge Rs.28 lakh to Rs.30 lakh for a transplantation of which he kept Rs.5 lakh and paid up the remaining money to the donor, doctors and others. Prajapathi amassed Rs. 3 crore in the trade, bought a house investing Rs. 1.4 crore, an office costing Rs. 30 lakh, and furniture worth Rs.27 lakh.

Most of his first-time donors turned agents for him and supplied donors. He also paid Rs. 44.5 lakh to his agents. The passport of Nookaraju, three cell phones and computer were seized from them.


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