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Sri Lanka offers India assistance to probe kidney racket

COLOMBO, April 24 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan police on Thursday offered to assist India to investigate an alleged kidney racket involving both countries.

Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said that while there are reports that the Indian police are considering sending a team to Sri Lanka to investigate the alleged racket, the Sri Lankan police have not been approached for assistance.

"The Sri Lanka police is ready to offer its fullest corporation, " the police spokesman said.

He also said that while anyone can donate a kidney to another person, if someone is duped into selling a kidney then legal action can be taken under local laws.

Ajith Rohana however said that so far the police have not received any complaint about kidney's being sold in Sri Lanka but they are monitoring the media reports on the alleged racket.

Indian police investigating a kidney racket involving Sri Lanka had said they found 21 people had sold their kidneys in Sri Lanka to a local doctor.

The Times of India reported that three suspects arrested by the Indian Central Crime Station (CCS) police in the international kidney trafficking case have reportedly sold 21 kidneys in Colombo in the past few months.

The Hyderabad police have alerted the Indian High Commission in Colombo about the racket and a special team was said to leave for the island nation to further investigate the case.

Addressing a press conference in Hyderabad this week, Hyderabad police commissioner Anurag Sharma had said the trio had sold their own kidneys in the past and in the process, they made contacts with doctors in Sri Lanka who carry out kidney transplants.

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