3 docs com­plicit, 2 neg­li­gent, says kid­ney scam report Bridge fall: Search ops to be called off

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A report by the state’s Direc­torate of Health Ser­vices (DHS), which led to the ar­rest of five doc­tors from Powai’s Hi­ranan­dani hos­pi­tal, states that three of the doc­tors were di­rectly in­volved in the il­le­gal kid­ney trans­plant racket, while the other two were neg­li­gent at the least, a source told HT. The five doc­tors ar­rested are Hi­ranan­dani hos­pi­tal CEO Dr Su­jeet Chater­jee, med­i­cal di­rec­tor Dr Anurag Naik, nephrol­o­gist Dr Mukesh Shete, and urol­o­gists Dr Mukesh Shah and Dr Prakash Shetty.

Ac­cord­ing to the DHS report, Dr Shete was a cen­tral fig­ure in the racket, while the two urol­o­gists played sup­port­ing roles. A DHS of­fi­cial said that while there is still no ev­i­dence that Dr Chat­ter­jee and Dr Naik were di­rectly in­volved, they had failed to en­sure that other doc­tors at the hos­pi­tal ad­hered to the Trans­plan­ta­tion of Hu­man Or­gans Act, 1994.

Mean­while, the po­lice have found more peo­ple from out­side Ma­ha­rash­tra who were tar­geted by un­scrupu­lous agents and will record their state­ments soon. The po­lice told a court they are also check­ing whether two more doc­tors were in­volved in the racket.

The Na­tional Dis­as­ter Re­sponse Force and the In­dian Navy are likely to call off search op­er­a­tions on the Sav­itri river, af­ter more than a week of scour­ing the area for vic­tims of the bridge col­lapse.

The state gov­ern­ment, how­ever, will con­tinue sur­vey­ing the area un­til all bod­ies are found.

Re­lief and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion min­is­ter Chan­drakant Patil hinted on Wed­nes­day there was no point con­tin­u­ing with the search and res­cue, as the bod­ies may not be in a good con­di­tion. “The cen­tral agen­cies are find­ing it dif­fi­cult as there are many croc­o­diles in the riverbed. We hope the miss­ing peo­ple are in the two state trans­port buses that are yet to be traced. But we will have to de­cide about the op­er­a­tion very soon,” he said. Patil said a few boats will op­er­ate un­til all bod­ies are found.

The agen­cies and the gov­ern­ment said they may be able to spot the buses by Thurs­day as wa­ter has started re­ced­ing, and hope the bod­ies are trapped in them.

The gov­ern­ment on Wed­nes­day asked states to iden­tify and bar­ri­cade ‘selfie dan­ger’ ar­eas, the first at­tempt to curb a grow­ing craze for the per­fect shot that has led to sev­eral fa­tal­i­ties in the coun­try in the past cou­ple of years.

Though there is no of­fi­cial data on the num­ber of peo­ple who died tak­ing self­ies, re­ports said at least 54 peo­ple have been killed in In­dia since 2014.

Last year, In­dia recorded the high­est num­ber of selfie deaths — 15 out of 27 — in the world, ac­cord­ing to a Wash­ing­ton Post report.

Of­fi­cials said the tourism min­istry has is­sued an ad­vi­sory to all states ask­ing them to iden­tify tourist spots that are prone to ac­ci­dents, in­stalling sig­nages warn­ing vis­i­tors of the dan­ger in­volved in tak­ing self­ies and bar­ri­cad­ing ar­eas wher­ever dan­ger is iden­ti­fied.

The let­ter signed by the tourism min­istry ad­di­tional di­rec­tor gen­eral Meenakshi Sharma also rec­om­mended post­ing vol­un­teers or tourist po­lice at such places. Sharma also sought aware­ness drives through social and other me­dia.

The iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the po­ten­tial dan­ger zones will be done by the states.

An of­fi­cial, who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity, said the ad­vi­sory ahead of In­de­pen­dence Day was part of se­cu­rity mea­sures for the cel­e­bra­tions but will re­main in force.

Some states — in­clud­ing Ma­ha­rash­tra and Kar­nataka — have al­ready iden­ti­fied selfie dan­ger zones and put up signs.

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