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‘The accused learnt surgery from books and CDs’

delhi Updated: Feb 01, 2008 02:27 IST
Vidya Krishnan

Watch and learn. This is what the key accused in the Gurgaon kidney racket did to acquire the skills needed to perform kidney transplants. While qualified surgeons find this hard to believe, the Gurgaon Police are investigating all possibilities — including this one.

Arrested RML nurse Linda had confessed that Amit Kumar and his associates themselves performed surgeries on patients.

According to the police, the accused read books, saw educational CDs and learnt the fairly technical skill of extracting and implanting kidneys using a trail-and-error method. “They had agents who lined up the clients. These accused initially hired specialists on a case-to-case basis. But soon, they learnt and started performing surgeries themselves,” said a senior police officer, when asked about the gang’s modus operandi.

Transplant surgeons in the city refuse to buy this theory. “I am quite certain that some specialist was helping the accused. Transplant patients are not easy to manage because of post-operative complications. There is a chance of rejection and other surgical complications, which will be impossible to manage by a surgeon who is not a specialist,” said Dr Sandeep Guleria Additional Professor, Department of Surgical Disciplines, AIIMS.

Investigations so far have revealed that Dr Amit Kumar -- the brain behind the racket -- was initially a tout in Mumbai whose role was just to arrange donors. He then started participating in surgeries and acquired the rudimentary skills to extract kidneys. “It can be said that he specialised in extracting kidneys. For implanting them, he sought help,” said a police officer. Using a trial-and-error method on unsuspecting labourers, Kumar polished his skills. He reportedly set up his operations in Gurgaon one-and-half years ago and had organised over 500 transplants since then.

The racket run by four doctors -- kingpin Amit Kumar, Jeevan Kumar, Saraj Kumar and Upendra Kumar — came to light last Thursday.