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Not first time for Dr Amit

india Updated: Feb 05, 2008 23:32 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

This wasn't the first time Dr Amit Kumar, the mastermind behind the kidney racket, was involved in organ trade. The man, who is absconding, has had a criminal past and was even arrested for a similar offence in the past.

Kumar and his gang operated from Gurgaon since very long. In 1994, he was running his own hospital in Old DLF Colony in Sector 14 by the name of Liberty Healthcare. The Gurgaon Police had raided the hospital but no case was registered.

Dr NK Jain, former chief medical officer of Gurgaon, said in 1996 Kumar suddenly closed his hospital. “He was a suspicious character. He had a number of foreign doctors visiting his hospital. But after two years, he suddenly vanished and nothing was heard of him after that,” Dr Jain said.

Dr Upender Kumar, who has also been arrested, runs Shri Ram Hospital in Bhallabgarh. The doctor has his family used to live on their third floor house. Police and income tax sleuths, in a joint raid at Upendra Kumar’s Faridabad house, recovered documents relating to him and his wife Dr Archana’s 60 bank accounts, Rs 1.5 lakh cash and papers of some 35 properties.

On how Dr Upendra come in contact with Dr Amit, the Gurgaon police commissioner said Dr Upendra’s sister-in-law wanted a kidney transplant and someone had directed him to Dr Amit Kumar. Later both the doctors started working together. According to police sources, Dr Jeewan Kumar, a neurologist, is Dr Amit Kumar’s brother and Dr Saraj Kumar from Sahadra was also a part of the racket. Police were trying to find more information about Dr Saraj.

According to sources, the police had raided Liberty Hospital in Old DLF Colony but somehow no case was registered against anyone. After that, sources said, Dr Amit Kumar started changing his locations and started going to various parts of the country. Similar cases under Human Trafficking Act were registered against him under Nizamuddin police station area two years ago.

A case was registered against him and others in Hyderabad, Guntur and in Mumbai. Police said Dr Kumar had been living in Canada for the last couple of years. He also has a number of properties in Gurgaon and Delhi. He has a house in Malviya Nagar, in Sector 23, Old DLF Colony and DLF City in Gurgaon.