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Hooda, police admit goof-up

india Updated: Jan 27, 2008 00:57 IST
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Forty-eight hours after the country’s biggest and longest-running illegal kidney transplant racket was busted in Gurgaon, Haryana’s highest authorities on Saturday admitted that the police failed miserably in detecting the nefarious activities carried out at the Sector 23 house for almost a decade.

“I admit that we have failed,” said Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda while addressing the media after a Republic Day ceremony in Gurgaon. “It is a failure of the administration and even the society,” he added.

Gurgaon Police Commissioner Mohinder Lal too conceded that the local police had failed to keep a tab on the happenings at the two houses at the Palam Vihar area. “It was sheer luck that the matter came to light. Or else, it (the racket) would have continued as it had for so long,” he said.

A Rs 100-crore kidney transplant racket was busted by the police on Thursday. A doctor, four agents and five clients, including foreigners and NRIs, were detained. The alleged kingpin, Dr Amit Kumar, is yet to be caught.

The Moradabad police have blamed the Gurgaon police for letting Dr Kumar escape.

It is not yet clear whether investigating teams have accessed the email accounts of the accused, even though on Saturday they were seen taking away a laptop from the D5/29 house in Gurgaon, where the rich clients were put up.

Lal said letters and other documents unearthed during Thursday’s raid were being examined. Even the Faridabad police, while sealing one of the accused, Dr Upender’s nursing home on Saturday, had left the computers untouched.

Police sources confirmed on Friday that the foreigners — four Greek nationals — found during Thursday’s raid at the “guest house”, were definitely under the scanner. “We have learnt that the foreigners, the clients of the accused doctors, had come to India on tourist visas. If they had been oblivious to the whole illicit affair, they would have come on medical visas, which is what medical tourists do,” said the police commissioner.

On Saturday, the entire Gurgaon police machinery was busy with the Republic Day function at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex.

Moreover, Jitesh Kumar, the SHO of the Palam Vihar police station in whose jurisdiction the racket was unearthed, was busy with the function rather than investigations. “I am on VIP duty for the whole day,” he told the Hindustan Times.

Later, police claimed to have sent teams to Mumbai and Hyderabad to follow up the case.