Nepal Police to lodge three cases Indian kidney racket kingpin Dr. KumarFebruary 8th, 2008 - 5:58 pm ICT by admin
Kathmandu, Feb 8 (ANI): Nepal Police has said that it will lodge three cases against Indian kidney racket kingpin Dr Amit Kumar Rawat, who was arrested in Chitwan on Thursday evening.
Dr Amit was presented before the public at Metropolitan High Commissioner Office at Ranipokhari here this afternoon.
Nepal Police sources were quoted by Kantipur as saying that the three cases against Dr. Kumar would be filed on Sunday after carrying out necessary procedures for the filing of charges relating to the transplant of human organs and the Interpol “Red Corner” notice. He is accused of having forced or duped around 500 people into donating their kidneys.
Senior Superintendent of Police Upendra Kant Aryal, who is also the chief of Metropolitan Police Crime Division in Hanumandhoka, said that Nepal Police arrested Kumar along with one of his close aide, Manish Singh, from the Hotel Wildlife Camp at Sauraha near Kathmandu on Thursday evening. A bank draft for Indian rupees 936,000, and Euros 145,000 and USD 18,900 in cash was also seized from the arrested.
Dr Amit Kumar had been staying in different luxurious hotels in Nepal since his arrival in the country on January 26. Police said he had fled to Chitwan fearing his arrest after news about him started to spread.
He had come to Nepal with a project to construct a hospital. According to Police, he was helped by Nepalis- Ramesh Thapa, Bishnu Khatri, Giri dai, Heera Pun, Baburam, Sher Bahadur and Pankaj Jha.
Police said they are investigating the arrested Nepalis.
During a press conference held here on Friday afternoon, Dr. Rawat admitted that he had performed around 300-400 kidney transplants with a team of four doctors
He also confirmed plans to shift his kidney organ trade network from India to Nepal with the help of his agent, Pankaj Jha. Three doctors, Amit Kumar, K K Agarwal and Upendra have been arrested while another medico Dr Saras, a resident of New Delhi is still absconding.
Kumar revealed that he went from Canada to Nepal on 30th December last year and then, came to India from Nepal to perform five kidney transplants. He left for Nepal on January 25. In Nepal, he stayed at various hotels and finally came to Sauraha hotel on February 6, where he was arrested.
Earlier, the Nepali Minister of State for Home Affairs, Ram Kumar Chaudhary disclosed that the operation was a joint effort of the Interpol and the Nepalese police. He informed that a lot of cash has also been recovered from him. Euro nine lakh thirty six thousand worth of drafts, USD 1 lakh and forty five thousand along with some Nepali currency has been recovered.
Three mobiles with SIM cards of Canada, Nepal and India have also been recovered from him. Dr Amit said that he had not been using his mobile phones since the last three days and was using STD booths instead to contact his family. His family is in Canada, where he has also shifted a huge portion of his colossal wealth.
Meanwhile, four persons, who were allegedly confined at a house of Dr Amits friend Yashpal, were on Thursday night rescued by the police. Police said the kidneys of the four, Dileep, Sayeed, Naresh and Rajender had been removed. Yashpal is still absconding.
The victims were kept confined at a flat in Valley View Estate on the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road. Police said one of them had called up the control room, after which law enforcers reached there.
Three were labourers from Uttar Pradesh, while Rajender was from Uttarakhand. All of them were around 30 years of age, police said. They were recuperating after their kidneys were removed and the police have taken them to a hospital.
Dr. Kumar will be brought to Delhi in the next two to three days, according to sources. (ANI)
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