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Police raid Noida doctor's home

Dr Naveen Chowdhury was accused in a case of organ trade in 1998.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2007 21:01 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Suspecting an organ trade racket, police on Saturday raided the home of Naveen Chowdhury, a doctor and neighbour of Moninder Singh Pandher, the main accused in the killings of at least 20 children of nearby Nithari village.

Accompanied by a team of forensic experts, police entered the D-6 bungalow of Chowdhury in Sector 31 of Noida, yards away from the village.

"We searched the house of the doctor, a neighbour of Moninder, for our investigation. The search went on for nearly two hours," a senior police official said.

Police had raided Chowdhury's house on December 31 as well but the forensic experts were not part of their team then. Police said the forensic experts picked up some clues from the house for tests.

Chowdhury, managing director of the Noida Medical Centre, was accused in a case of organ trade in 1998. A patient from east Delhi had accused the doctor of removing a kidney from his body without his permission while he was undergoing treatment at the Centre.

However, Chowdhury was exonerated of the charge the same year.

Earlier in the day, Moninder's son Karan Pandher told reporters that he suspected Chowdhury had a hand in the killings of Nithari children.

He said since the autopsy report did not rule out the possibility of organ trade, police should take action against Chowdhury.

"The people of Nithari, children and my father need justice. But my father has not got a fair trial yet," a sentimental Karan said.

He said because of the case, their family business had suffered a lot.

"Now no one wants to do business with us. I appeal to all that we are not bad people."

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