Kerala organ trafficking case: Key Hyderabad link found

A 10-member special investigation team, headed by Ernakulam Rural SP, has been formed to probe an organ trafficking case involving Sabith Nasar. Nasar, a resident of Valappadu in Thrissur district, was arrested from the Cochin International Airport on May 19 after central agencies informed the Kerala Police. He is suspected of being a major player in an international human trafficking network involved in organ harvesting. Detained by the Bureau of Immigration officials, Nasar was arrested under Section 370 of the IPC (human trafficking) and Section 19 of the Human Organ Transplantation Act ( trade in human organs).

Nasar revealed that his involvement in the organ mafia began in Hyderabad, where he joined smuggling gangs. The investigation team plans to take Nasar into custody today and file a judicial custody application with the Angamaly Magistrate’s Court. The police are also actively searching for Shemir, a native of Palakkad and one of Nasar’s victims, to take further action based on his complaint. According to Nasar, most of the organ traffickers he dealt with were young people from Bangalore and Hyderabad. Central agencies began investigating his links with international mafia groups.

Since 2019, Nasar and his group have trafficked people from various parts of India, including 19 from North India, to Iran for organ harvesting. Nasar initially came to Hyderabad in 2019 to donate a kidney but failed, leading him to connect with organ mafia groups and become a crucial link in an international network stretching to Sri Lanka. Lanka, Kuwait and Iran. The surgeries were carried out in private hospitals in Iran, and people in need of organs were contacted through other agents who charged over Rs 60 lakh for a complete package. Kidney donors received up to Rs 6 lakh, while agents pocketed the remaining amount, often misrepresenting the expenses.