Two arrested for selling their kidneys in Madhya Pradesh

July 14th, 2008 - 12:01 am ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Pratibha Patil

Bhopal, July 13 (IANS) Two people who allegedly sold their kidneys were arrested in Ujjain, the police said Sunday. “We caught Paresh Goswami of Ahmedabad and Rajesh Bitholia of Ujjain late Saturday evening. They have confessed to have sold their kidneys for Rs.100,000 each,” said Manmit Singh, police superintendent Ujjain.

The police busted a kidney racket in Ujjain June 28 during a security drill and searches of hotels and lodges for c riminal elements ahead of President Pratibha Patil’s visit to the town. Four people involved in kidney racket were arrested then.

Two others involved in the racket, who sold their own kidneys for hefty sums, were arrested on Saturday.

The accused used to lure poor people, mostly those in government hospitals, on the pretext that they would get them treated at a better place free of cost.

“Once the person fell in their trap, they got him admitted to the private nursing home where his kidney would be taken out,” an official said.

The accused confessed to be involved in kidney selling racket and revealed that they would prepare fake documents to show that the donor was a relative of the person who was receiving the kidney.

They also named six hospitals in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh where over 15 kidneys - of people lured by them - were removed and transplanted.

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