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Monday, 04 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . New Delhi

Interpol on Friday issued notices for the arrest of two brothers wanted in connection with India’s biggest ever illegal kidney transplant racket, the global police body said. Amit Kumar, 40, and Jeevan Rawat, 36, are the ‘subject of national arrest warrants for illegal transplanting of kidneys, cheating and criminal conspiracy’, Interpol said.

‘It is believed that during the past eight years around 500 people were forcibly operated on and their kidneys transplanted to foreign patients in a secret operating theatre,’ it added.

The multi-million-dollar scam emerged last week after Indian police raided several hospitals and houses in Gurgaon, a New Delhi suburb. A doctor, several intermediaries and hospital staff have been arrested over the past week.

The men behind the illegal operation are believed to have charged up to two million rupees (50,000 dollars) for a kidney from clients from across the globe, according to Gurgaon police.

The kidneys are believed to have come from poor migrant workers, some of whom have said they were kidnapped and drugged – although police say the illegal donors were likely to have been paid around 40,000 rupees.

Under India’s ‘Transplantation of Human Organs Act’, kidney transplants are allowed only if the organ is donated by a blood relative or spouse, or there is a swap agreement between two needy families.

All transplants must be cleared by the government. But a huge gap between demand and supply of kidneys because of few body donations has resulted in a flourishing illegal trade.

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