Lucknow police raid more places to uncover illegal blood racket

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Lucknow, Aug 25 (ANI): Lucknow police has raided a private hospital here and recovered a few packets of illegal blood.

"We have found two-three packets of blood. We have also recovered equipments used to collect blood. Nobody is present here for interrogation at present," said Sunil Pal, Inspector, Sarojni Nagar, Lucknow.

On August 22, six persons allegedly involved in running a blood racket were arrested from the city.

At least 70 pouches containing blood along with plasma, empty pouches, syringes and fake stamps, stickers and authority letters of the Chattrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University were recovered from the possession of the accused on August 22.

Police is probing over a dozen private-run nursing homes and pathology labs involved in trafficking illegal blood.

Trading in blood or organs is illegal in India. While organs can be obtained only by donation, blood can be voluntarily bartered or bought from registered blood banks. Blood banks are regulated by the government as many unscrupulous dealers fleece poor people, buying blood and paying them only a paltry sum. (ANI)

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