Kidney racket: Two more held, Doon police to write to states to probe cases against kingpin
Eight people have been arrested so far in the kidney racket case that was busted by a joint team of Dehradun and Haridwar police at Gangotri Charitable Hospital, nearly 30 km from the state capital, on September 11.Updated: Sep 17, 2017 19:30 IST
After arresting Dr Amit Kumar, the mastermind of the interstate kidney racket, the Dehradun police nabbed two more accused on Sunday.
Eight people have been arrested so far in the kidney racket case that was busted by a joint team of Dehradun and Haridwar police at Gangotri Charitable Hospital, nearly 30 km from the state capital, on September 11.
Abhishek Sharma, who used to run a medical store in the hospital, was arrested from Jollygrant airport tri-junction, and Anupama Chaudhary, wife of middleman Rajiv Chaudhary, from Lachchiwala flyover. Rajiv arranged for the hospital premises for racket kingpin Amit Kumar.
The Dehradun police will now write to all the states and agencies where cases were lodged against Amit Kumar.
Gujarat police is likely to visit Uttarakhand, as Kumar had fled from its custody last year in connection with another kidney racket case reported in the western state.
“It has emerged that several cases have been lodged against him in different places across the country, so we will now be sending letters to all states where cases are (registered) against him so that they can pursue their respective cases,” said Dehradun senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nivedita Kukreti Kumar.
Amit Kumar was also the mastermind behind the Gurugram kidney racket busted in 2008. He was arrested many times, jumped bails and went absconding in various cases over the past two decades.
“Last year, he was arrested in connection with a kidney racket case being run in Gujarat but slipped from police custody while being escorted from New Delhi to Anand by train. He was later declared an absconder there,” the SSP said, adding that the Gujarat police was likely to visit Uttarakhand soon in that regard.
The police said cases were lodged against the kidney racket kingpin in Delhi, Faridabad, Kurukshetra, Ambala, Panchkula, Gurugram, Jaipur, Ajmer, Mumbai, Guntur, Hyderabad, Anand and Chandigarh.
Apart from illegal organ transplantations, cases against Amit Kumar include offences related to check bounce, corruption, drugs act, fake passport, disproportionate assets and cheating and fraud.
“He was also booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the 2008 in the Gurugram kidney racket, besides being booked by the enforcement directorate under foreign exchange management act and foreign exchange regulation act,” a police officer said.
At least five other accused, including Amit Kumar’s son Dr Akshay and middleman Rajiv Chaudhary, continue to be at large.
Accused arrested so far:
Dr Amit Kumar (racket kingpin, from Mumbai)
Dr Jeevan Kumar (Dr Amit’s brother and co-accused, from Gurugram)
Javed Khan (agent, from Mumbai)
Sarla (nurse, from Tehri)
Billu (driver, from Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh)
Jagdish Bhai (agent, from Surat, Gujarat)
Abhishek Sharma (running a medical store at Gangotri Charitable Hospital)
Anupama Chaudhary (wife of middleman Rajiv Chaudhary)
Dr Akshay Kumar (Dr Amit’s son, from Mumbai)
Dr Sanjay Das (anesthetist from Bihar)
Sushma Kumari (agent, from Bihar)
Rajiv Chaudhary (middleman, from Baghpat, UP)
Chandna Gudia (agent, West Bengal)
First Published: Sep 17, 2017 19:30 IST