The fall, rise and fall of kid­ney racket king­pin Dr Amit

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - FRONT PAGE - Neha Pant neha.pant@htlive.com

DEHRADUN: He did ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to evade ar­rest – used aliases, con­tin­u­ally changed places of work across states and burnt all in­crim­i­nat­ing doc­u­ments – but law fi­nally got the bet­ter of Dr Amit Ku­mar, who al­legedly mas­ter­minded the kid­ney racket that was be­ing run in Dehradun -- and years ear­lier, in Gu­ru­gram.

Amit and his brother Jee­van Ku­mar, also a doc­tor, were ar­rested by Dehradun po­lice from Panchkula in Haryana late on Fri­day night: He was pre­par­ing to es­cape to Nepal. The po­lice con­fis­cated six mo­bile phones and ₹33 lakh from his car. His son, also a doc­tor, is still ab­scond­ing.

Ku­mar was ar­rested many times, jumped bail and went ab­scond­ing in sev­eral cases over the past two decades, but al­ways be­gan his ‘busi­ness’ of il­le­gal kid­ney ex­trac­tions afresh each time, thanks to his strong net­work of touts and mid­dle­men who lined up kid­ney donors and re­cip­i­ents from dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try and even abroad.

Dehradun po­lice, which ar­rested Amit, said he had been booked in many cases in places like Mum­bai, Gun­tur and Anand apart from those reg­is­tered by the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion and the en­force­ment di­rec­torate.

Shock­ingly, Amit, who con­fessed to po­lice to have per­formed around 50 re­nal surg­eries in Dehradun in the past two months, is an ayurvedic prac­ti­tioner and not even qual­i­fied to per­form a kid­ney ex­trac­tion/trans­plan­ta­tion surgery.

Po­lice said he had an ar­range­ment with a pri­vate hos­pi­tal around 30 km from Dehradun, where the post op­er­a­tive care of the pa­tients were taken. The Dehradun racket started in July.

VI­NAY SAN­TOSH/HT

SSP Nivedita Kukreti Ku­mar with Dr Amit Ku­mar (wear­ing spec­ta­cles) in Dehradun on Satur­day.

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