Kidney removal slur on husband & in-laws

Rita Haldar. (Samim Aktar)

Farakka: A homemaker in Murshidabad's Lalgola has lodged a police complaint, accusing her husband and in-laws of getting her right kidney removed in exchange for money on the pretext of an appendicitis operation at a Calcutta nursing home two years back.

Rita Haldar, a 28-year-old homemaker, lodged the complaint with the Farakka police on February 2, naming her husband Biswajit Sarkar, mother-in-law and brother-in-law.

When the woman had complained of an abdomen pain two years ago, Sarkar discussed the matter with his mother and brother and took her to Calcutta for treatment.

"Before going to the doctor in Calcutta, we had put up at a relative's house. I was given soft drink at the home, after which I felt drowsy. We went to a nursing home to consult the doctor who told me that I needed immediate operation for appendicitis. The next day, I was operated on," said Rita.

After a few months, the homemaker started feeling unwell. "I went to Siliguri to visit a cousin. I started having a lower back pain and visited a doctor at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) who prescribed an ultra-sonography. The USG revealed my right kidney is missing. I was shattered," said Rita.

The woman who has an 11-year-old son underwent another USG at a nursing home in Malda and confirmed that her right kidney was missing.

Both the USG reports say: "Right kidney not visualised." The Telegraph is in possession of the two reports.

The USG reports also revealed that Rita's left kidney had become enlarged. "Doctors at the NBMCH told me that there was infection in the left kidney," said Rita.

Inspector-in-charge of Farakka, Udayshankar Ghosh, said: "We suspect the involvement of a racket. A case was registered under provisions of the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act. We have also charged three persons with attempt to murder and bride torture."

Contacted, her husband, Sarkar, a trader, said his wife had donated a kidney to a person from Raipur in Chhattisgarh. "She had even signed a consent letter," he added.#

Asked how he had got in touch with the Raipur person, he disconnected the phone.

Told about her husband's claim that she had donated her kidney, Rita said: "I knew nothing about this. I was definitely drugged and don't remember signing any paper."


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