Wednesday, Jun 29, 2022
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Two-Bean Harvesters

An organ-trade doc escapes. Two top hospitals report kidney sales. More preys?

Two-Bean Harvesters
Elusive Photograph by AP

Operation Exploitation

  • Amit Kumar, a doctor with an organ-­trade history of 21 years, was arrested again this end-July, but he ‘escaped’ while being escorted to Anand, Gujarat
  • Apollo in Delhi and Mumbai’s Hiranandani are two hospitals accused of facilitating kidney trade
  • India has 2 lakh people in need of kidney transplant every year; only 5,000 get it. The country logged 21,395 transplants in past 45 years; only 5 in 1971.
  • Legal organ transplants involve a lot of formalities. Minister Sushma Swaraj, e.g, is waiting for a right kidney match.

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Indian Railways has  always had its ticket reservation forms asking whether the passenger is a doctor. The idea, obviously, is to know if help can come in case of a medical emergency during travel. From Amit Kumar, though, authorities expected no such mercy: he was alre­ady known as Dr Horror for his role in a Gurgaon kidney racket case. Just south of Delhi, Kumar headed an illegal organ transplant operation, eventually prompting the pol­ice in early 2008 to arrest the linchpin from Nepal to where he had escaped. A CBI court sentenced the “quack” to seven years’ imprisonment, but that did not lead to his punishment. The middle-aged man kept fighting multiple cases. This monsoon, Kumar was nabbed again—on identical complaints that came from Gujarat. After a round of probe in the national capital, the police were escorting him on Ahmedabad-bound Swarna Jayanti express back to Anand on August 9 when he gave the cops a slip.

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