Lahore: Kidney smuggling doctor’s gang busted
LAHORE: CIA Cantt Police claimed on Friday to have arrested a doctor Muhammad Rizwan and four of his accomplices allegedly involved in illegal trade of kidney transplant.
During preliminary investigation, the accused also confessed of that a 23 year–old also expired during kidney transplant. CIA Cantt police investigating a case of kidnapping and murder of 18-year-old Kashif came to know that the kidnapped Kashif was killed during illegal kidney transplant. Police team after obtaining call records of the accused raided various places and ultimately arrested Dr Muhammad Rizwan from Ghazi Abad.
He during interrogation disclosed that he, Dr Romeo Rajpoot and Dr Fawad Mumtaz called Kashif on to their Clinic situated in Mini Market Gulburg to remove his kidney but died during operation. He said in order to cover the crime, he, Dr Romeo Rajpoot and Dr Fawad Mumtaz and others threw acid on the face of the dead body and buried it in Kakey Shah Graveyard Bhawana, district Chiniot. During investigation, the accused further told that the doctors and their accomplices have been involved in the heinous trade of human kidneys at Mini Gulberg Hospital, Mini Market Gulberg since a long time. Talking to The Nation DSP CIA, Umar Farooq said that the heinous crime continued since long time by a ten member’s gang and master mind of the gang is Dr Fawad Mumtaz.
He said that Fawad had already been jailed in above said crime. Among the four accused arrested included Ilyas, Afzal, Arif and Asif. CIA investigation officer said that Kashif who expired during kidney transplant and was buried in graveyard of Bhowana district Chiniot without offering his funeral prayer.
Three accused who transported the dead body of Kashif included Khuram shehzad, Muhammad Akram and Saqib Altaf. Police was conducting raids to arrest the rest of the accused. As per police the other accused have escaped to Dubai after the doctor Rizwan was arrested. Investigators said that arrested Dr Rizwan is diabetic and old (60 years old) which was a hurdle in investigations. The police officer said that gang used to trap poor people in the name of blood donation and offered money.
The illegal trade of kidney transplants continues to flourish in Pakistan, which officials believe is a result of the lack of implementation of the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissue Act (THOTA), 2010.
Under THOTA, those involved in trafficking human organs or illegal kidney transplants can be punished with up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to Rs1 million – but this rarely happens.
The act clearly states that both the recipient and donor involved in the commercial/illegal kidney transplant will be punished under the law.