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Doon police to seek custody of kidney racket kingpin

Currently lodged in the district jail at Suddhowala on judicial custody, Dr Amit was arrested at Panchkula in Haryana on September 15 -- four days after the racket was busted on September 11 at the Gangotri Charitable Hospital at Lal Tappad, 30 km from Dehradun. The judicial custody ends on September 30.

dehradun Updated: Sep 24, 2017 20:13 IST
Neha Pant
Neha Pant
Hindustan Times
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Dr Amit Kumar, the alleged kingpin of kidney racket that was busted near Dehradun.(VINAY SANTOSH KUMAR/HT PHOTO)

DEHRADUN: The Dehradun police will seek custody of alleged kidney racket kingpin Dr Amit Kumar to interrogate him for details of the interstate organ ring that was being run from a private hospital.

Currently lodged in the district jail at Suddhowala on judicial custody, Dr Amit was arrested at Panchkula in Haryana on September 15 -- four days after the racket was busted on September 11 at the Gangotri Charitable Hospital at Lal Tappad, 30 km from Dehradun. The judicial custody ends on September 30.

“We were busy with VIP (President Ramnath Kovind and BJP chief Amit Shah) visits and will now apply for the grant of police custody (at the court) on Monday,” Dehradun senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nivedita Kukreti Kumar told Hindustan Times. “Once we get the remand, we’ll interrogate him in detail (regarding the kidney racket) besides cross questioning him and trying to supplement what he had said earlier.”

According to the police, Dr Amit was also the mastermind behind the Gurugram kidney racket that was busted in 2008. He was sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment by a CBI special court in 2013, but granted bail a year later in 2014. He was again arrested in connection with another kidney racket in Anand, Gujarat last year but fled from police custody while being taken from Delhi to Gujarat in August 2016.

“We’ve spoken with the CBI in connection with the case because it had investigated (the Gurugram racket) earlier. Apart from that, the Gujarat police will be coming to Dehradun as Dr Amit is a wanted criminal there,” Kumar said.

The police have arrested 12 accused so far, while at least three others -- all doctors -- continue to be at large.

First Published: Sep 24, 2017 20:13 IST