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Kidney don had secret lovers: Nepal police

Nepalese police have claimed that the alleged kidney transplant racket kingpin, Amit Kumar, had secret Valentines who used to send him SMSes professing their love.

world Updated: Feb 14, 2008 19:07 IST

Nepalese police have claimed that the alleged kidney transplant racket kingpin Amit Kumar had secret Valentines who used to send him SMSes professing their love and support while he was on the run.

The love messages sent to Kumar, who was deported to India last week after his arrest from a jungle resort in southern Nepal, were by women other than his wife, according to a police officer.

Police sources said that the tainted doctor appeared to have romantic relations with more than one woman. One of the SMSes to Kumar recorded in the police file says: "Jaan, take care I'm with u, don't worry. OK. I love u very much." The sender's name began with the letter "A", who had used a Canadian SIM card, 'The Himalayan Times' reported.

Another message sender asked him not to worry. The message read: "Never hesitate in taking risks and working hard b'coz you have to dive deep into the sea to find the pearls," adding 'Hav a gr8 day. Love."

These messages were sent from two different SIM cards, according to police, who believed that none of the SMSes were sent by Kumar's wife, who is also based in Canada.

Police came to known about the SMSes while interrogating Kumar at the Kathmandu Metropolitan Police's Crime Division after his arrest.

The alleged kidney don also frequently visited casinos, dance bars and night clubs in Kathmandu during his brief visits to Nepal, police said.

International criminal Charles Sobhraj was also arrested from the Casino Royale here in August 2003, following which he was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing an American woman in Kathmandu in 1975.

Police said Kumar was glad to return to India rather than remain in custody in Nepal. While in custody, he told police that over 50 per cent of his clients were Europeans, while the rest were from Canada, Korea and other countries, they claimed.

Kumar visited Nepal thrice in connection with shifting his hospital to Kathmandu. According to police, he first visited Nepal on October 4 last year. His second visit was on December 30 and the third on January 26.

He allegedly told police that he last met his brother, Jeevan Kumar, on October 4, which the sleuths did not believe as Jeevan used to act as a middleman for Kumar and was constantly in touch with the Nepalese agents Pankaj Jha and Ramesh Thapa till the end of 2007. After nabbing Kumar, police here are now searching for Jeevan and his Nepalese associates.