Amid reports of a kidney racket unfolding at LH Hiranandani Hospital in Powai, Directorate of Health Services and Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee members, along with local policemen, visited t
Amid reports of a kidney racket unfolding at LH Hiranandani Hospital in Powai, Directorate of Health Services and Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee members, along with local policemen, visited the hospital on Tuesday to record the statement of Shobha Thakur, who had been posing as Rekha Devi in order to sell her kidney to accused Brijkishore Jaiswal.
After the panel registered the statement and conducted an inquiry, it came to light that Thakurhad stitches on her back and had been given anaesthesia. Till the time that her stitches heal, she will remain in the hospital, after which she will be shifted to the government-run J.J. Hospital. The team formed to investigate the kidney transplant racket will be at J.J. Hopital on Wednesday to conduct a test on Thakur. Meanwhile, Jaiswal is still getting dialysis treatment at Hiranandani hospital.
Speaking to The Asian Age, Dr Gauri Rathod from DHS said, “After Shobha's medical inspection, we found that there were stitches on her back and on Jaiswal's back as well. Shobha is still recovering. We need to find out whether the kidney was removed and again put inside properly or not.”
Thakur was lured by alleged kingpin Bijendra Bhisen, who coaxed her to sell her kidney for a hefty sum. Till now, the police have arrested seven people in connection with this racket. “Poverty and my husband's alcohol addiction forced me borrow `20,000 from a moneylender at 20 per cent interest two years ago to meet my household expenses. I had decided to sell my kidney because I couldn't repay the loan,” Thakur said.
Meanwhile, DCP Vinayak Deshmukh said: “Today, we have made the seventh arrest in this case and the accused has been identified as Yusuf Shah Bismillah Diwan (45) from Nadiad, Gujarat, who is a lorry driver and introduced Shobha to Bisen for selling her kidney. All the accused have been remanded in police custody till July 22.”