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Kidney racket: Police to send teams to Jaipur, Jammu, Nagpur

Days after the first recipient was arrested and four others identified in connection with the kidney racket unearthed at Apollo Hospitals, Delhi Police will be sending teams to Jaipur, Jammu and Nagpur to arrest them.

Kidney racket: Police to send teams to Jaipur, Jammu, Nagpur
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The Nagpur-based recipient is a businessman and he is believed to be in a severe financial crunch after paying for three (including his own) kidney transplants in his family.

The recipients based in Jammu and Jaipur are small time entrepreneurs, said an official privy to the investigation.

While a 22-year-old Ghaziabad-based man, identified as Ashutosh, who is the son of a DJB junior engineer, was arrested on Thursday, another recipient who had produced forced documents showing his address as Ghaziabad before the transplant has been traced in Delhi, the official said.

All four of them are absconding from their residences at the moment. While one team is looking out for the recipient traced in Delhi, teams will soon be sent to Nagpur, Jammu and Jaipur to arrest the others, the senior official added.

DCP (southeast) M S Randhawa said, "Recipients in the first five cases have been identified. In other five, we have leads but the identities are yet to be established. Efforts are on to arrest them at the earliest."

The police have arrested 13 persons, including several middlemen, personal assistants of senior doctors, donors, a recipient and the racket's kingpin Rajkumar Rao, in connection with the matter so far.

Investigators have come across 10 transplant cases facilitated by the gang in Apollo Hospital and registered two separate cases, but no senior doctor has been questioned so far despite three of them being under the police scanner.

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