Mumbai: On the run for 12 years, one of Mumbai's notorious kidney racketeers, Shiva, was finally nabbed on Friday. He is accused of having facilitated over 60 illegal transplants from 1996 to 2003 involving some well-known private hospitals in the city.
In January 2004, the police had arrested three persons — Shivanand Sawant, Mohammad Shaikh and Wahab Khan — on charges of luring poor people to donate their kidneys and preparing fake documents for the donors.
Sawant’s job was to rope in people who would scout for poor people willing to donate their kidneys in exchange for cash. The officer said that so far they had not been able to link Sawant to the kidney racket busted by the Powai police last month, in which the police arrested 14 persons.