Not just illiterate labourers, qualified cooks too fell prey to Amit Kumar's kidney racket. In fact, two of the four people whose kidneys were forcibly extracted at the illegal hospital in Gurgaon just a day before the raids were cooks. One of them holds a catering diploma from a five-star hotel.
The victims on Sunday narrated their tale before a team of CBI officials who visited the civil hospital, where they are recuperating. Two are expert cooks and the other two service boys. The Gurgaon Police had found them on February 7 from the Valley View Estate Apartment on the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road.
Rajinder Kumar (50) from Uttarakhand, who has 28 years of experience in cooking Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine, holds a catering diploma from a five-star hotel in Dehradun. He had also worked at a restaurant near Jakarta (Malaysia) for about two years. Jalish Ahmad (28) from Amroha is also a trained cook.
Rajinder and the three others were lured by a Nepali youth from the Company Bagh in New Delhi on January 15. "The Nepali man offered me a chef’s job at a guesthouse where, he said, lots of VIPs and foreigners come to stay. We were taken to Gurgaon in a black Tata Safari. On January 19, we were taken to the basement of the Sector 23 hospital where, they said, all the workers had to be tested for their health. All of us gave blood samples," Rajinder said.
The ordeal started on January 22 when he was given anesthesia and his kidney extracted. "On gaining consciousness, I was told one of my kidneys was taken out. They told me I would get Rs 1.5 lakh and asked me to shut my mouth. At that time, I had seen Dr Amit Kumar and his brother Dr Jeevan, who probably conducted my operation," Rajinder said.
On January 23, they were shifted to Valley View Apartments and kept under armed vigilance. They were being given food and medicines. The victims haven't spoken to their families ever since the kidney gang trapped them. While Rajinder has two sons and a daughter, Jalish has seven children back home.
Rajinder said that the security guards ran away after the police busted the racket on January 24. However, the victims chose to stay back, hoping to get the Rs 1.5 lakh they were promised. On January 7, when the ration exhausted and their patience ran out, Rajinder went to a PCO booth and called up the police.
Rajinder and Jalish said that on January 15, when they were taken to the Valley View Estate Apartment, they had seen a 27-year old boy leaving with lots of money. "He was also a victim like us but was probably paid for his kidney." They were not so lucky.