RAWALPINDI - Police swooped down a private hospital in Gulzar-e-Quaid and arrested seven persons including a surgeon and an anaesthetist for their alleged involvement in illegal transplantation of kidneys on Saturday.

Police also took four people, including a foreigner, into custody who were present in the private hospital for kidney’s transplantation. A kidney and other surgical instruments were also seized by police while the patients were sent to Benazir Bhutto Hospital for medical treatment.

According to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Civil Line Circle Farhan Aslam, a police team led by Station House Officer (SHO) Police Station Airport Wasim Faraz conducted a raid on a private hospital “Hira Hospital” located in Commercial Centre at Gulzar-e-Quaid and held seven people including two senior doctors engaged in illegal kidney transplantation.

He said that police also recovered four people including a foreigner from the hospital who were there for kidney selling and transplantation. The accused were shifted to police station for questioning whereas the patients were sent to BBH for medical treatment. Police sealed the hospital and took all the equipment and record in custody, DSP Farhan added.

SHO Wasim Faraz while talking to The Nation said that police held seven people who were engaged in illegal transplantation of kidneys. He said that the gang used to entice poor people to sell their kidneys for money. He said that police had recovered a kidney from the hospital during the raid.

He added that police arrested Dr Muhammad Shafi (the surgeon) of Rahim Yar Khan, Arshad (caretaker), Doctor Maqsood (anaesthetist), Khalid (a specialist who brings back the patient into conscious after operation), and two nurses Gulshan-e-Nisa and Kanwal.

The four people, who were taken into custody by police were either operated or being transplanted, included Amir, Shaheen, a foreigner, and a man whose name could not be ascertained.

The SHO was of view that the foreigner was found in state of unconscious as he was administered anaesthesia by the surgeon whereas Amir was operated and his kidney was transplanted into Shaheem. However, the fourth person was being soothed for operation by the helpers of the surgeon, he said. Police have been grilling all the accused and a case would be registered against them, the SHO said.