New Delhi: The Delhi Police has busted a kidney trade racket in the national capital with the arrest of five persons, including two personal staff of a doctor at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital.
They were arrested from the Apollo Hospital in southeast Delhi at around 9 pm on Thursday. The police were tipped off about the gang's presence in the hospital.
As per the police, middlemen Asim, Satyaprakash and Debashish arranged for suitable donors after Aditya and Shailesh, who worked as personal staff of a senior doctor in the hospital, got willing recipients.
While the donors got only 3-4 lakhs as compensation, the kidneys were sold at 25-30 lakhs to wealthy recipients. The middlemen made a cut of 1-2 lakhs per deal.
The police said that they have credible information about 5 such illegal transplants carried out by the gang in the past 6 months.
Importantly, the police have made it clear that involvement of doctors and/or of the hospital management cannot be ruled at this juncture.
The police is examining documents it has seized from the hospital.
A case has been registered at Sarita Vihar police station and the accused are being interrogated to find more about the gang's reach.
(With PTI inputs)