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Kidney theft charges dropped

A post-mortem on the body of a youth was performed at PMCH Seraidhela in Dhanbad on Tuesday to probe into charges levelled by his family against doctors of a private nursing home that they had removed his kidneys after his May 2 death, but his vital organs were found intact.

Suffering from acute respiratory problems, Manik Ravidas (25) of Barwaddah was admitted to Asharfi Hospital, Dhanbad, on May 2, where he died the same day. A day later, on May 3, his irate family members lodged their complaint with Dhanbad Sadar police and DC office, accusing the hospital of kidney theft and negligence.

On the same day, they buried the body in keeping with their tradition of not cremating unmarried persons.

Acting on the complaint, Dhanbad deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar ordered the body be exhumed from the burial grounds on Sunday, which was executed on Monday.

PMCH forensic medicine expert Dr Shekhar Sarkar conducted the autopsy on Tuesday before magistrate Sanjay Shandilya, investigating officer Subodh Kumar Singh and other policemen. The process was recorded on video.

Dismissing charges of organ theft against the private hospital, magistrate Shandilya told the media Dr Sarkar had told him the twin kidneys of the deceased were “intact”.

On the negligence charge, the magistrate said the viscera would be examined further.

No family member was present. “Our traditions don’t permit seeing or touching the body after burial,” said one. Investigating officer Kumar said they would cremate the body.