Police arrest Indian kidney kingpin after massive hunt

Other News Materials 8 February 2008 09:08 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - Nepalese police arrested a doctor at the centre of kidney transplant scam after massive manhunt, officials confirmed Friday.

Indian national Dr Amit Kumar was arrested by the Nepalese police at a popular wildlife resort in Chitwan, about 250 kilometres south-west of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu on Friday evening.

Kumar was picked up after Interpol issued arrest warrants for him and his brother Jeevan Rawat illegal transplanting of kidneys, fraud and criminal conspiracy.

"Police arrested Kumar on Friday and will be brought for interrogation in Kathmandu on Friday," Nepalese junior Home Minister Ram Kumar Chaudhary said.

Police also recovered 936,000 Indian rupees, 145,000 euros and 18,900 dollars from Kumar.

Police said they were alerted about Kumar's presence at the resort by employees after becoming suspicious.

Nepalese police were also investigating whether Kumar was involved in kidney transplant racket in Nepal some years ago.

Kumar is alleged to have swindled potential donors by kidnapping people and removing their kidneys for transplant without their approval or paying them fraction of the money promised.

According to media reports, Kumar is believed to have invested in about 50 hospitals and nursing homes in several countries which were used to collect kidneys for transplant.

The transplants were reportedly carried out in India for his international clients for as much 50,000 dollars.

Nepal has a well-established trade in human organs that annually sees hundreds of poor Nepalese taken south across the open border with India to sell their kidneys.