Details have emerged over Sri Lankan links in a kidney racket involving Indians, this time in Odisha.
The Kandhamal administration has submitted an inquiry report to the Odisha state government on the alleged sale of kidneys in the district, the Times of India reported.
It has been reported that 21 year old, Kanhu Behera of Phulbani, working with a private courier service in Berhampur, donated one of his kidney’s to Mahendra Patnaik of Gandhi Nagar here and received Rs 3.50 lakh for it.
Collector (Kandhamal) Yamini Sarangi said according to the probe the kidney transplant took place at a private hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in April. “The donor, however, has not complained to police or any authority,” the collector said. The incident came to light through the media. She said the transplant might have taken place in Sri Lanka as laws are quite stringent here.
According to Indian law, the donor and recipient should be close relatives.
“We think there might be a well- organised racket running the kidney business in the town and is carrying out the operations in neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka and Nepal,” said Sudhir Sabat, director, Indian Society for Rural Development (ISRD), an NGO.
Earlier, Indian media reports had revealed a similar kidney racket in Hyderabad with links to Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)