The Kandhamal administration, in Odisha, India on Tuesday submitted the inquiry report to the state government on alleged sale of kidney in the district and said that a recent kidney transplant took place at a private hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the Times of India reported.
Twenty-year-old, Kanhu Behera of Phulbani, working with a private courier service in Berhampur, donated one of his kidney's to Mahendra Patnaik of Gandhi Nagar in India and received Rs 3.50 lakh for it.
Collector (Kandhamal) Yamini Sarangi said according to the probe the kidney transplant took place at a private hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in April. "The donor, however, has not complained to police or any authority," the collector said. The incident came to light through the media. She said the transplant might have taken place in Sri Lanka as laws are quite stringent in India.
According to Indian law, the donor and recipient should be close relatives.
"We think there might be a well- organised racket running the kidney business in the town and is carrying out the operations in neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka and Nepal," said Sudhir Sabat, director, Indian Society for Rural Development (ISRD), an NGO. (Times of India)