Kidney Scam: Held medico reveals racket's large network

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Moradabad, Feb 1 (UNI) Doctor Upendra, who was recently arrested in the kidney racket scam, disclosed the racket was active in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar and Nepal, and the organs were sold at Rs 12 lakh to foreigners, police said.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Prem Prakash today said on the basis of information provided by the arrested, another medico Dr K K Agarwal was nailed down from Rajasthan late yesterday.

Dr Agarwal might also be taken on remand, he informed.

the doctor, an anaesthetist, used to charge Rs 20,000 per kidney transplant.

As many as ten doctors are under scanner in the high-profile scam.

Prime accused Dr Amit, is still at large. Efforts were underway to nab the absconding through surveillance or interpol, the SSP added.

However, Dr Amit's two Nepali servants and one chauffeur had been arrested.

''As Dr Upendra is a heart patient, precautions are being taken during his interrogation,'' Mr Prakash said.

The medico had revealed the name of six medicos and efforts were being made to trace them.

Dr Upendra had also confessed that Dr Amit operated upon some persons to take out their kidney in Gungtur district of Andhra Pradesh.

''Police teams had been sent to both AP and J&K,'' the SSP added.

Dr Amit was running the illicit trade of Kidney removal and transplantation at Gurgaon's Palam Vihar area, he said.

The SSP further informed ''Dr Amit also owned a hospital in Noida in association with Dr Veerendra Vikram Singh...efforts are also on to nab him.'' The network of the kidney transplant racket, which was busted recently by Moradabad Police, was spread over as many as 48 countries.

Moradabad SSP Prem Prakash had said these countries included USA, Russia, Canada and Greece.

Mr Prakash said the kingpin of the racket, Dr Amit Kumar, made use of his Canadian wife's contact in foreign countries to spread his network of illegal kidney transplants.

Several Delhi hospitals, dialysis centres and medical institutes were also under scanner for their possible complicity in the case.

Meanwhile, the police had applied for remand of the four accused in the case.

Sources said the Gurgaon Police, on the leads provided by Moradabad Police, were already investigating the properties owned by Dr Kumar.

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