Seven organs removed from Manikandan for hospital bill; Report

In the tragic death of Meenakshipuram native Manikandan at a private hospital in Salem, a report of Tahsildar noted that his seven organs were removed from the body. In a primary investigation report forwarded to the Palakkad district collector, the Tahsildar reported the fact after examining the documents.

The heart, kidney, cornea, liver, intestine, pancreas and lungs were removed from the body of the deceased, says the report.

Manikandan died due to brain death after meeting with a road accident at Salem on May 20. In a statement given to Tahsildar, his father Pechimuthu asserted that hospital authorities demanded Rs 2.5 lakh to release the body and if they cannot pay they should sign the concern letter to donate his organs.

“The family was forced to donate organs of their family member by exploiting their poverty,” said Tahsildar VK Rema in the report.

Meanwhile, Kerala State Human Rights Commission has issued an order to probe the family’s complaint. The commission will hear the case on July 11 in Palakkad.

“There is a mystery behind the hospital’s action. The Union government should probe the issue as it is between two states. The family should get justice,” said MLA K Krishnankutty.

The Youth Congress alleged involvement of organ trade mafia behind the issue. They also demanded the state government to probe the issue by an independent agency as it took place in Tamil Nadu.

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