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Nepal Police may quiz Dr Upendra

The Nepal Police may interrogate kidney kingpin Amit Kumar’s aide Dr Upendra Kumar Agarwal to uncover the international network’s links in the Himalayan nation, reports Anirban Roy.

world Updated: Feb 11, 2008 02:34 IST
Anirban Roy

The Nepal Police may interrogate kidney kingpin Amit Kumar’s aide Dr Upendra Kumar Agarwal to uncover the international network’s links in the Himalayan nation.

The Moradabad Police had arrested Dr Upendra, a key accused in the multi-crore illegal kidney transplant racket, from a hotel in Faridabad on January 24.

“After interrogation of Amit Kumar, we found that Dr Upendra had been coordinating with their agents in Nepal,” a senior Nepal Police official told Hindustan Times on Sunday.

Interrogation of Upendra would help the Nepal Police in busting the network in that country. The police claimed Amit Kumar had confessed he had been regularly buying kidneys from poor sellers in Nepal.

The kingpin of the racket also confessed that his seven associates in Nepal were in constant touch with Dr Upendra, the police said. All the seven associates are absconding.

Amit Kumar confessed that Dr Upendra had been regularly visiting Kathmandu and few other towns in Nepal to ensure the smooth supply of kidneys to his hospital in Gurgaon. “We may have to send a team to India for the interrogation,” the officials said.

The Nepal Police was still trying to track down Amit Kumar’s brother Jeevan and his associate Pankaj Jha from Sunsari district in South Nepal. Both had been trying to set up a hospital for kidney transplants in Nepal.

In fact, Amit Kumar’s swift deportation to India has left behind several untold stories about his international network, especially his connections with Nepal. “We are still pursuing the case seriously,” the officials said.

“Because of poverty, human organ smuggling is a serious problem in Nepal and we would like to put an end to it,” the officials said, adding that even after the arrest of Amit Kumar, the organ transplant networks may continue to thrive.