Indians spent their ‘kidney money’ in Colombo night clubs

By Norman Palihawadane

Five out of six Indian nationals who escaped last week from the Mirihana detention centre where they had been held for their alleged involvement in a kidney transplant racket but were arrested in Pesali last Friday confessed to police that they had spent all their earnings from illegal kidney transplants in Colombo night clubs.

The suspects have been remanded till Nov. 24.

They were nabbed by the Pesalai police at Talaimannar on Friday and produced before the Mannar magistrate. Eight Indian nationals were arrested on March 4 for violating visa conditions. They were later found to be involved in illegal kidney transplants in Colombo hospitals.

They were detained at the Mirihana detention Centre after producing them before the Colombo Magistrate’s court. Two of the suspects escaped from the Mirihana detention centre earlier and fled to India. The others escaped last week.

The Colombo Crimes Division initiated a special investigation after it was reported that the suspects had escaped from the detention centre.

Those who escaped to India earlier had contacted others on the phone and told them on how to escape the detention centre and find their way to India through Mannar. The suspects followed their instructions and got out of the Mirihana Detention Centre but were arrested at a checkpoint in Pesalai while they were travelling in a bus to Talaimannar.

Police also arrested a Sri Lankan suspected to have helped them escape from the detention centre.

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