Kidney racket kingpin Amit Kumar arrested

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New Delhi, Feb 7: Kidney racket kingpin has been arrested in Nepal says the Himalayan Times. Nepal Home Minister confirms the arrest of Dr Amit Kumar.

He was nabbed in jungle resort close to Raxaul (Bihar) near Indo-Nepal border. Dr Amit Kumar has been arrested from Hill View Resort near the Nepali capital of Kathmandu by the police, a top daily, The Himalayan Times has reported. The arrest was reportedly made at 5 pm in the evening. Sources said Dr Kumar and his Nepali associate Manish Singh checked into Room Number 6 of the Hotel Wildlife Camp around 10 am this morning under Singh"s name. Soon after checking in the duo asked to see a copy of the English daily-The Himalayan Times which had front-paged a report on the kidney racket and about the presence of the main accused in Nepal.

The sources said that Dr Kumar cut out the story and returned the newspaper to the reception. Eyewitnesses who saw Dr Kumar said that he was sporting a hat and sunglasses.The report says a person of Amits appearance has been arrested from Room no. 6 of the resort. Drafts worth 9.36 lakhs euros, $1.4 lakh cash have been seized from the Room.

The kidney racket was unearthed in Gurgaon in January and was spread across at least five states. According to Gurgaon Police Commissioner Mohinder Lal the racket was spread across Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. The Interpol had issued a red corner notice on Feb 1 against absconding Dr Amit Kumar, the kingpin of the multi-crore kidney transplant racket, and his brother, Dr Jeevan Kumar.

A red corner notice entails that most countries would be looking out for him. Dr Amit Kumar along with several others had allegedly carried out more than 500 illegal kidney transplants during the past several years. Police said the doctors used to sell each kidney for anything between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 20 lakh, they added.

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