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Police in Assam’s Dibrugarh district have arrested an alleged mastermind in a kidney transplant racket that used to focus on needy tea backyard employees, officers mentioned on Monday.
Gautam Sonowal alias Girin Sonowal (50) was arrested on Sunday night time from Tengakhat space of the district the place he was hiding in an acquaintance’s home. He was produced in courtroom on Monday and remanded to 4 days of police custody.
One other accused, Samar Pal, an affiliate of Sonowal, had been arrested final week when he was about to go away for Kolkata with three potential kidney ‘donors’. He’s at current in judicial custody.
“We had registered a case in Lahowal police station in July this 12 months following a grievance from an individual who had bought one in all his kidneys in April,” mentioned Bitul Chetia, extra superintendent of police, Dibrugarh.
The complainant, Ramu Karmakar, had talked about that Sonowal had satisfied him to promote his kidney for a sum of ₹3.5 lakhs, which was to be transplanted to a health care provider.
Investigations revealed that Sonowal had acquired ₹13 lakhs from the physician however paid solely a fraction of it to Karmakar.
Shopping for and promoting of kidneys and different human organs is prohibited in India by the Transplantation of Human Organs Act.
Nonetheless, they are often transplanted from donors (who’re shut kinfolk of the affected person or non-related individuals after correct authorization by the federal government) and from brain-dead sufferers.
Typically this provision within the regulation is utilized by criminals to lure poor and needy individuals to ‘donate’ their kidneys with the promise of enormous sums of cash.
“Sonowal instructed us that he had donated one in all his kidneys to a relative round 5 years in the past in Kolkata. Throughout that journey he got here in touch with the unlawful kidney transplant racket and began luring poor tea backyard employees to promote their kidneys to these in want,” mentioned Chetia.
“He has confessed to having taken three folks prior to now two years to Kolkata to promote their kidneys. Sonowal used to take massive sums from the kidney recipients however paid solely part of it to the so-called donors,” he added.
The kidney racket in Dibrugarh was the second that got here to gentle in July this 12 months. Pressured by poverty and well being issues, almost a dozen villagers in central Assam’s Morigaon district bought their kidneys to a different organised gang of criminals in recent times.
The racket got here to gentle when Lilimai Bodo, the alleged mastermind, was nabbed by the villagers in July when she visited them on the lookout for extra ‘donors’. Bodo’s son and one other individual, each concerned within the racket, have been additionally arrested.