35 organ trade rackets under watch in Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram: More than 35 organ trade rackets involving middlemen and hospitals are under surveillance. A probe has begun based on the report submitted by Crime Branch IG Sreejith to state police chief Loknath Behera. The report mentioned the illegal organ trade thriving in the state for the past two years.
The investigation started after the tip-off that 8 persons belonging to a colony in Thrissur district had donated their organs without the knowledge of friends and family. Following this, information on more than 35 rackets involved in organ trade and trafficking was obtained. The role of government employees, including doctors, were suspected.
The recipients of the organs, via middlemen, paid Rs 40 to Rs 50 lakh. But the donors were paid up to Rs 15 lakh. The rest of the amount was shared by the middlemen. The probe team also suspect the transactions were not done through bank.
The case into the illegal organ trade in state was registered charging sections of conspiracy and violation of Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act.
The case is being probed by Thrissur DIG S Surendran and led by SP Sudarsan. Behera and Sreejith also supervise the investigation.
Crime Branch also has obtained information that some families in certain colonies of Kodungallur improved their financial condition recently after selling off their kidneys. Around 20 persons belong to Pullut, Eriyad and Azhikode villages are suspected to have sold their kidneys within a year. A probe into this is underway.