In a major crackdown against illegal kidney transplant, police have nabbed a racket involving 10 persons from Maharajgunj of Kathmandu.
A team deployed from Metropolitan Police Circle, Maharajgunj, on Wednesday, arrested 10 individuals of a racket from Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital.
According to police, the arrestees had lured one Ramesh Sunar (20) of Kavre to donate one of his kidneys for an amount of money, which has not been made clear so far. Acting on a tip-off, police rescued Sunar and nabbed persons involved in the illegal transplant.
Police identified the arrestees as Prakash Tamang (28), Amir Tamang (28), Binod Mijar (39), Bikram Pariyar (36), Hari Pariyar (53), and Sagar Mijar (35), all hailing from Kavre district. Among the other persons nabbed are Saraswati Shrestha (22) of Dolakha, Raju Khadka (41) of Dhading, Ranjit Maharjan (25) of Kathmandu-19, and Gaur Singh Jagari (30) of Kanchanpur.
According to police, the individuals had tempted Sunar to donate his kidney to one Manawati Bohora Jagari (24) of Kanchanpur. Sunar had been admitted at the hospital for the purpose of transplant. Investigation also revealed that the individuals had planned to orchestrate another similar forcible transplant of one Puja Rai (16) of Chitwan.
The arrestees were presented before court on Thursday and were remanded in police custody for seven days, said DSP Sanu Ram Bhattarai, In-charge of Metropolitan Police Circle, Maharajgunj.
Further investigations are underway.