Bhubaneswar: Himanshu Bhusan Nanda, the arrested kingpin of a kidney racket, was a marketing employee of a private hospital in the state capital.
After interrogating the kidney smuggler during three-day remand period, the Nayapalli police yesterday reveled the youth decided to take the illegal path and got involved in kidney smuggling to earn money in crores after he saw people giving away their property and other belongings to arrange a kidney donor. Since he worked in a hospital, people believed him and it became easy for him to defraud them.
In just five years, he managed to spread the kidney racket from the capital city to other districts and outside the state. A native of Pattamundai area n Kendrapara district, Himanshu constructed a house at Gudiapokhari in Pipili area at a cost of Rs 1 crore. He also ran a interior decoration shop and invested crores of rupees in the business.
However, the Nayapalli police has also summoned the kingpin’s associate Sanjay Palei of Balugaon area for interrogation to find out West Bengal’s links of the racket. Two teams have been formed for this, said police.
Meanwhile, the Laxmisagar police today appealed the Bhubaneswar SDJM Court to take the accused on a three-day remand.
It is pertinent to mention here that Himanshu is accused of duping people of over Rs 10 crore by operating the kidney racket.
On January 13, Nayapalli police had Himanshu in connection with a case registered in 2019. As per the complaint, Nanda had duped one Pratap Chandra Mishra of Nayapalli area of Rs 5.50 lakh on the pretext of arranging a kidney for him.
Later, one Lily Sahu residing in Laxmisagar area lodged similar complaint against him at Laxmisagar police station yesterday . She alleged that the accused has taken Rs 1.19 lakh from the woman, a native of Angul district, by assuring to arrange a kidney donor for her.