The police on Tuesday said that Amit Kumar, the alleged mastermind behind the multi-million-rupee kidney racket, was facing life threats from certain people he was once close to and should surrender.
"We have specific information that Amit (whose real name is Santosh Rameshwar Raut) is facing life threats from some people, who were once close to him. He must surrender before the police," a senior police official in Moradabad said.
The police are also planning to send teams to Nepal and Canada, where he is suspected to be hiding.
"We are planning to send a team to Nepal and one to Canada to help their police in tracing the kidney racket accused Amit Kumar, who is suspected to be hiding in one of the two countries," said a senior police official.
Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was on Tuesday awaiting the government's permission to take up the investigations.
"We haven't taken over the probe of the kidney racket as a government notification is awaited. But we think the CBI should take over the investigations, seeing the interstate and international ramifications of the case," CBI director Vijay Shanker said on Tuesday.
A Red Corner notice was issued against Amit last week after the CBI approached Interpol on a request of the Haryana police.
Amit's family has been traced to an upscale locality in Toronto. His wife Poonam Ameet and two sons live in a plush house in Toronto.
The Moradabad police on Tuesday sought the custody of KK Aggarwal, a doctor who was arrested from Alwar, Rajasthan, by the Gurgaon police Friday for his alleged role in the multi-million-rupee kidney racket.
"We want to interrogate Aggarwal as he could spill more beans," an official said. Aggarwal is presently in the custody of the Gurgaon police.
A Gurgaon police team was trying to get police remand of Upendra, an associate of Amit Kumar arrested January 24. Upendra is in judicial custody since Sunday.
The kidney transplants racket, which served international clients from Britain, the US, Greece, Lebanon, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Dubai, was busted by the police forces of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh Jan 24 in Gurgaon, an emerging IT hub on the outskirts of the Indian capital.
The Uttar Pradesh and Haryana police continued searches at possible hideouts of Amit and other accused in Delhi, Gurgaon, Jaipur and Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the police, Amit and other quacks in his group had performed at least 600 illicit kidney transplants over the past decade for profits running into billions of rupees.
Reacting to Gurgaon police Commissioner Mahender Lal blaming Delhi Police for the thriving kidney racket, a senior Delhi Police official said: "We have not received any communication from the Gurgaon police yet, but we would definitely look into the matter."
Lal had said that Harpal, Amit Kumar's driver who was arrested last week, had in his interrogation revealed that Delhi Police sleuths picked up Amit and his brother Jeewan 20-25 days ago, but let them go.
"We have asked Delhi Police to inquire into it," Lal told reporters.
Gurgaon police sources said Amit and his brother were let off reportedly after three inspectors and a constable extorted Rs 2 million from them.
Harpal also revealed that Delhi Police officials had thrice taken bribes from the two, which shows that they were aware of the racket but did not bother to act or inform the Gurgaon police, the sources said.
Delhi Police had once arrested the brothers after registering a case of illegal organ transplant at the Nizammudin police station in 2001. The two were released on bail.