Man who ran kid­ney rack­ets for 20 years held, yet again

Was On The Run But Con­tin­ued Ped­dling Or­gans

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Gau­rav.Tal­war @times­ Pro­duced a few C-grade Hindi movies

Dehradun: The man whose name had be­come syn­ony­mous with a string of kid­ney rack­ets through­out the coun­try for the past two decades — from Ma­ha­rash­tra to Gu­jarat, Nepal, Pun­jab and even­tu­ally Ut­tarak­hand— was nabbed by Dehradun po­lice early Satur­day morn­ing from Panchkula in Haryana.

The ar­rest of the man who is be­lieved to have as­sumed dif­fer­ent iden­ti­ties over the years — Amit Ku­mar, Amit Raut and San­tosh Raut to name a few — came five days af­ter an in­ter­state racket with in­ter­na­tional links be­ing run by him from the Gan­gotri Char­i­ta­ble Hos­pi­tal on the out­skirts of the city was busted by po­lice.

Ku­mar, 61, had man­aged to es­cape along with his as­so­ciates on Septem­ber 11 when his il­le­gal trade was ex­posed, but po­lice on Satur­day, af­ter a fre­netic search op­er­a­tion across states, nabbed him along with his brother Jee­van, a nurse named Sar­laand Pradeep alias Billu, and his driver. Two lux­ury cars and over Rs 33 lakh in cash were also seized.

The brazen­ness with which Ku­mar op­er­ated his rack­ets and preyed on the kid­neys of the poor — even af­ter be­ing ar­rested mul­ti­ple times in the past — had led him to be la­belled as ‘Dr Hor­ror.’ He was the master­mind be­hind the multi-crore Gur­gaon kid­ney scan­dal that was busted in Jan­uary 2008 when a labourer in Mo­rad­abad com­plained of be­ing ha­rassed by Ku­mar’s men for his kid­ney. Ku­mar had then

Ku­mar be­gan buy­ing prop­erty across the coun­try;

Mum­bai po­lice put his net worth in 2008 at over 1,000cr

and also acted in one, ‘Khooni Raat’, in which he played, iron­i­cally, a cop Ran the fled the coun­try and was later ar­rested from Chit­wan in Nepal af­ter his at­tempt to bribe the cops fell through.

In 2013, a CBI spe­cial court while terming him a “quack” sen­tenced him to seven-year rig­or­ous im­pris­on­ment and a fine of Rs 60 lakh. He was granted bail a year later in 2014. Af­ter his re­lease, he shifted base to Anand in Gu­jarat where he is al­leged to have lured poor vil­lagers—his modus operandi in all his op­er­a­tions—to give their kid­neys.

He was ar­rested yet again, this time in Delhi, in Au­gust last year but es­caped from po­lice cus­tody while he was be­ing brought back to Anand by train. Di­vulging de­tails of Ku­mar’s ar­rest, an Ut­tarak­hand po­lice of­fi­cial said that an im­por­tant tip-off from CBI re­gard­ing a per­son named Sahil Puri, be­lieved to be a close friend of Ku­mar, proved vi­tal for the Dehradun po­lice in ar­rest­ing him. “We raided Puri’s house in Panchkula where the ac­cused were hid­ing. Ku­mar and Puri be­came friends while they were lodged in Am­bala jail in 2008.”

A cash re­ward of Rs 20,000 has also been an­nounced by the state po­lice top brass for mem­bers of the team who ar­rested Ku­mar.

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