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Cooch Behar: Allegations of medical racket luring poor people into selling their organs is nothing new in Bengal. Last year, an upscale private nursing home at EM Bypass in Kolkata was under scanner for its alleged involvement in an illegal kidney transplant racket although nothing concrete has come out yet.

But now, a man has accused a surgeon in Cooch Behar of removing his kidney on the pretext of removing stones. The victim, Suren Roy, hails from Tapsikhata area at Alipurduar, which shares a border with Cooch Behar.

According to Roy, in August last year, he went to surgeon Tarun Paul at Nutan Bazar in Cooch Behar following a severe pain in the lower abdomen. After a check-up, Paul diagnosed him with kidney stones and advised a surgery to remove the same.

Adhering to the advice, Roy got admitted to a private nursing home in Cooch Behar and Paul performed the surgery on 7 September 2017.

“On the next day of the surgery, I was experiencing severe pain and another doctor came to see me as Dr Paul does not work at the nursing home full-time. He recommended an ultrasound sonography of my lower abdomen but the on-duty nurse said that for this a clearance from Dr Paul is needed. Accordingly, they contacted Dr Paul, who overruled the advice and prescribed some medications instead,” Roy says.

A few days later, Roy was discharged from the nursing home. After going home, he continued to suffer from pain in the lower abdomen every now and then. Due to this, he kept on visiting Paul’s chamber frequently. On each occasion, the doctor sent him back by prescribing medications.

But with the pain not giving him a relief, Roy last month visited Paul again and insisted on an advice for ultrasound sonography. Under pressure, the doctor obliged.

This time, instead of going to the nursing home, Roy got the sonography done at another clinic. The finding was shocking!

“The radiologist in his report said that my right kidney is missing. Stunned by this, I got another sonography done at another clinic but the result is same. This means that Dr Paul removed my kidney in the name of removing stones,” Roy alleges.

The victim today lodged a written complaint against the surgeon with the district magistrate of Cooch Behar. This is because police declined to register a criminal case against the surgeon.

On being contacted, the accused surgeon Paul said that since the case is almost a year old, he shall first have to go through all the medical records of Roy before making a comment.

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