Blood racket busted, 3 held

Two youths and a minor girl have been taken into custody for allegedly running a blood racket in the capital.

By Our Correspondent in Ranchi
  • Published 12.09.18
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Ranchi: Two youths and a minor girl have been taken into custody for allegedly running a blood racket in the capital.

The gang forged requisition slips of various hospitals and nursing homes to buy units from blood banks after paying the processing fee, and later sold the units at a premium to unsuspecting patient parties, many of whom come to Ranchi from remote parts of the state.

Madan Kumar, a resident of Joda Talab, and Mohammed Guddu of Gangutoli in Bahu Bazaar were arrested on Monday evening after their minor accomplice, also from Joda Talab, was caught red-handed by volunteers of Marwari Yuva Manch.

Bariatu thana OC Ajay Kumar Keshri said the youths were produced in the court of judicial magistrate Manish Kumar and forwarded to Birsa Munda Central Jail on Tuesday. The girl has been sent to a remand home in Namkum. Police are looking for one Krishna Mishra who the trio have named.

"The arrests took place around 7pm. The informant in the case was Tushar Vijayvargiya, a Marwari Yuva Manch volunteer. The youths were held from RIMS premises while the girl was brought to the thana from Nagarmal Modi Seva Sadan (a private heal hub)," Keshri said.

The officer explained the modus operandi.

"They paid the processing fee of Rs 1,200 to procure blood in lieu of fake requisition slips. The units were later sold for anything between Rs 3,500 and Rs 4,000 to patients from other districts, particularly those who were not aware of the process of acquiring blood," Keshri said.

The racket was busted with the help of Marwari Yuva Manch volunteers some of whom posed as kin of a patient and tricked the minor girl.

"She was caught when she reached Nagarmal Modi Seva Sadan blood bank to collect units for a patient already discharged from Alam Nursing Home in April. She produced a fake requisition slip purportedly issued by the nursing home," the officer said, adding that they were trying to figure out how the gang acquired the slips.

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