Kidney sale case: Crime Branch arrests five in Phulbani

Bhubaneswar,July31:The Special Task Force (STF) of the Odisha Crime Branch on Thursday detained five persons in connection with their involvement in the illegal kidney sale and transplantation in Kandhamal district.

The accused as Mahendra Pattnaik (42) of Brahmapur (recipient), his wife Sulata Pattnaik (38), elder brother Rajendra Pattnaik (56) of Brahmapur, brother-in-law Kiran Kumar Pattnayak (37) of Hinjli (all from Ganjam district) and Trinath Mohanty (53) of Phulbani Town, the mediator.

Crime Branch ADG, BK Sharma said the accused, with the help from Trinath, had hatched a plan to remove one of the kidneys from Kanhu Behera, a Dalit youth of Phulbani town.

"They first targeted Kanhu's father Baruna Behera, a daily wage earner, to get the organ from him. But as he refused their offer, they contacted his son Kanhu who sold one of his two kidneys to Mahendra for Rs 3.5 lakh", Sharma said.

He said Kanhu was first taken to Chennai to remove the organ at SevenHills Hospital and then to other hospitals. But as these hospital authorities refused, the accused took Kanhu to Bridge Candy Hospital in Colombo in Sri Lanka on March 19 where the doctors removed one of his kidneys and transplanted it in Mahendra’s body. All of them returned from Sri Lanka on April 4.

The Crime Branch had begun investigation into the case after acting on a report filed by Kandhamal Sub-collector Balaram Mallik.

Earlier day, a similar type of case was registered by Phulbani Town police station on July 3.