Four persons were arrested on Thursday in connection with the kidney transplantation racket as Uttar Pradesh police widened the ambit of probe by questioning officials of Apollo and Batra hospitals in Delhi and sending teams to Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand.
Joint Commissioner of Police in Gurgaon Manjit Singh Ahlawat said the arrested were a Manipuri nurse Linda of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, two cooks Ramesh and Suresh (brothers), residents of Nepal, and Harpal, a driver of arrested doctor Upendra, an associate of the kidney racket kingpin Dr Amit Kumar.
He said Linda was working in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital as a staff nurse and had been providing part-time services to Dr Amit Kumar.
The arrested persons were produced them before Additional Judicial Magistrate Surya Pratap Singh who sent them to two-day police custody.
Police teams from Moradabad questioned officials of Batra and Apollo Hospitals in Delhi to probe possible links with the kidney transplantation racket.
What the Moradabad police was interested in finding out is if Dr Amit Kumar had sent the kidneys to the two prestigious hospitals in Delhi for matching and testing, police sources said.