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Youth Cheated of ₹29 Lakh in Kidney Donation Scam

Youth Cheated of ₹29 Lakh in Kidney Donation Scam

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In a shocking incident, a youth from Guntur was cheated out of ₹29 lakh after donating his kidney. Home Minister Vangalapudi Anitha has taken serious action against the kidney donation racket, directing authorities to initiate legal proceedings against the hospital involved.

The victim, Madhubabu, a resident of Phirangipuram village, had been promised ₹30 lakh for donating his kidney but was duped after the procedure. Madhubabu, who owns a stationery and fancy store, had incurred losses of ₹8 lakh and found himself in a debt trap. Desperate to clear his debts, he came across a Facebook group named “All India Kidney Donors” while surfing online. He posted a message indicating his willingness to donate his kidney for money.

Soon after, Madhubabu received a call on Facebook Messenger from a user named Sonu King, who connected him to a mediator. The mediator arranged for Madhubabu to travel to Vijayawada, where he met the family of Kethineni Venkata Swamy, who needed a kidney. They agreed to pay Madhubabu ₹30 lakh for his kidney. On June 15, doctors at Vijaya Hospital conducted the surgery, removing Madhubabu’s right kidney and implanting it into the beneficiary, Kethineni Venkata Swamy. However, Madhubabu never received the promised payment.

Outraged by this betrayal, Home Minister Vangalapudi Anitha spoke with the Guntur district collector, superintendent of police, and NTR district commissioner of police, demanding swift action against the hospital management. Following the minister’s directives, Nagarapalem police registered a case under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code, including Sections 370(2), 417, 465, 466, 468, 471, 120(b) r/w 34, as well as Sections 18, 19, and 20 of the Transportation of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 1994, based on Madhubabu’s complaint.

The Guntur SP has constituted four special teams to apprehend the suspects involved in the kidney racket. The investigation revealed that Madhubabu, lured by the promise of money, fell prey to a well-organized scam. The police are now working to bring the culprits to justice and prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.

This incident highlights the dangers of unregulated online platforms and the urgent need for stricter enforcement of laws governing organ donation. The government’s swift response is aimed at ensuring that justice is served and similar crimes are deterred.

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