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Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate Police has arrested a youth from Bhubaneswar for allegedly duping lakhs of rupees from kidney patients on the pretext of arranging donors. The arrested youth Himanshu Bhusan Nanda, aged 32, happens to be a resident of Nuapatna in Pattamundai of Kendrapara district and had been staying in Uttara area of the capital city, police said.

As per reports, the youth had taken Rs 5.50 lakh from one Pratap Mishra (64) of Rupsa in Balasore, back in April 2019, to arrange kidney. Similarly, Tarulata Mishra hailing from Laxmi Sagar area in Bhubaneswar has also accused Nanda of cheating her to the tune of Rs 3.19 lakh.

The matter came to the fore when the innocent victims reached the hospital with the 'fake' documents handed over to them by Himanshu promising legal kidney transplantation. Upon learning that they have been deceived, both of them lodged a complaint with the Nayapalli Police, who initiated an investigation and managed to arrest Nanda, the fraudster.

A case was registered at Nayapalli PS and Himanshu has been arrested under sections 420/468/471 of the IPC.

"I visited Dr Biswajit Nanda to seek necessary details prior to admission in hospital. When the doctor saw the documents, he informed me that this was fake and not his hand-written prescription," alleged Pratap Chandra Mishra, the complainant.

The second victim, Tarulata said, "After undergoing required tests, and we were yet to avail the reports, he had already taken Rs 3.19 lakh from us by the time. He asked Rs 1 lakh more to get us the reports, but he did not pay much interest after that. We have with us an HC order given to us by him, and we think this document is forged."

Revealing Nanda's modus operandi, police sources said he used one of his associates Sameer Subudhi to win the trust of patients. The victims started believing him when Sameer (the fake donor) accompanied the patients for required health examination in Kolkata.

Meanwhile, a fresh complaint was lodged against Himanshu at the Mancheswar Police station in Bhubaneswar on Thursday. The complainant has stated that Himanshu defrauded him to the tune of Rs 18 lakh on the pretext of arranging a kidney donor.

The moot question here is, were the patients actually unaware of the guidelines of Directorate of Medical Education & Training (DMET), Odisha related to kidney transplantation; or was it a life-saving desperate call that forced them to throw caution to the wind?

Bhubaneswar DCP, Umashankar Mishra informed, "So far, two fraud cases have come to the fore. He (Himanshu) convinced people by showing duplicate documents, including forged HC and government orders which mentioned grant of permission to arrange kidney donors. He told them that the kidney to be transplanted is legal. A detailed investigation is in progress as we suspect a big kidney racket."

With the money received from the ailing kidney patients, the youth has opened an interior and decor showroom in Bhubaneswar. He has also taken a flat on rent at Lingipur area of the city, from where he had been operating his illegal business trade. The youth reportedly tried to suppress the case by assuring victims a refund, however, Police have intensified probe to get to the root of the suspected kidney sale racket and trace all persons involved. In all probability, the arrest of Himanshu could be just the tip of an iceberg.


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