Thiruvananthapuram: The accused in the recently-busted Nedumbassery organ trade case were luring poor people from four southern states — Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra and Tamil Nadu— to sell their organs to potential customers from Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab, said chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the assembly on Friday.
Vijayan said that they were luring them with huge amounts of money and by making them believe that organ trade was legal, and then by taking them to foreign countries.

“An Andhra native was also found to have links with the organ trade. A team of police officers led by a sub-inspector has been sent to Hyderabad for further probe,” he said.
He said ADGP (crime branch) has been entrusted with the task of probing illegal organ trade in the state, including donors, recipients and hospitals in various places.
He said that complaints in connection with organ trade have been received against two hospitals in Ernakulam.
“Crime branch is probing details from all these people and institutions. In the probe so far, no illegal trading has been detected,” said Vijayan.
Police arrested Sabith Nazar, Sajith Shyam and B Ramaprasad in connection with the organ trade. Police also initiated steps to issue a blue corner notice through the Interpol to nab Madhu Jayakumar, the kingpin of the trade. Vijayan said that police unearthed huge financial transactions between Feb 18, 2021 and May 20, 2024 of the first accused Jayakumar. The probe revealed that similar financial transactions were made in another account also from 2015 till 2024. The financial dealings between Jayakumar and second accused Nazar also came to light from the accounts of second accused, the CM said.
The police probe found that Palakkad-native Shameer travelled to Iran to sell his kidney. Govt has imposed strict monitoring to bust any illegal organ trade. If anyone is found engaging in such activities, govt will invoke sections of IPC and the transplantation of human organs and tissues act, said Vijayan.
A strong awareness campaign regarding organ donation is warranted and govt will continue doing it, he added.

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