Hyderabad police busts kidney transplant racket



Hyderabad: City police on Sunday busted a kidney transplant racket by arresting two touts who allegedly connived with a government doctor to sell donors' kidneys to the needy and extracted money from them, police said.

The duo, identified as Rajendra Prasad and Venkatasrinivas used to lure people in need of money to part with their kidneys by promising them around Rs 5 lakh in return, they said.

According to Punjagutta police, the accused duo then used to take the needy to Dr Ramesh Chada, who runs a super-specialty hospital at Karkhana area here, and would remove kidneys after perforimg medical tests on them.

The accused used to pay the donors Rs 1 lakh and charge anything from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 20 lakh from the receivers for arranging kidneys, an investigating officer said.

Based on a complaint from one Yadagiri, police registered a case against the arrested accused, the doctor and two of his assistants.

They have been booked on charges of cheating and under relevant sections of the Andhra Pradesh Transplantation of Human Organs Act, police said.

PTI