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India wants kidney racket kingpin back

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Feb 08, 2008 at 11:22pm IST

New Delhi/Kathmandu: Nepal authorities have officially identified the man in their custody as Gurgaon kidney racket kingpin Amit Kumar.

Amit was arrested by Nepal police from a resort in Chitwan on Thursday evening.

India has formally filed for Amit's deportation and the Ministry of External Affairs is in touch with the Nepal government.

The Ministry says it expects Nepal to hand over Kumar to India at the earliest.

The case has been taken up by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) through the Indian embassy in Kathmandu and diplomats are hopeful that Amit would be handed over to India in the next couple of days.

Amit's arrest follows a Red Corner notice issued by Interpol.

At the time of his arrest, Amit was carrying more than 9 lakh Euros in bank drafts and over $1 lakh, which comes to a sum close to Rs 3 crore.

Sources say Amit did not offer any resistance when arrested, but one of his aides, Manish Singh, escaped.

Amit told the media in Kathmandu that he is innocent.

"I was not trying to run. I want to go to India and defend myself. All allegations against me have been cleared by the court," Amit said.

A waiter of the Hotel Wildlife Camp at Sauraha in Chitwan from where Amit was apprehended described his arrest.

"Char thees mein aane ke baad sabhi staff ko poocha to ye aadmi kahim dikha hai. uska photo tha kisis paper se. To hum logon ne bola ki dekha hai aur woh 6 no per hai. to unhone 6 no per dekha aur amit naam ka aadmi thamanish faraar ho chuka tha. To Amit ko pakad liya (The police came at 4:30 PM and showed Amit Kumar's photo and asked the staff if they had seen him. We said he is in room No. 6. The police team went to the room and arrested him)," waiter Narayan Shukla said.

Meanwhile the police officer, who arrested Amit, said he tried to bribe the police.

"Kitna rupya chaiya 20 lakh, 30 lakh, 50 lakh, 1 crore? Kitna rupya chahiye? Paise le lo aur humko chor do (How much do you want? Rs 20 lakh, Rs 30 lakh, Rs 50 lakh, Rs 1 crore? Take it and let me go)," Assistant Sub-Inspector Chim Bahadhur Tamang claimed.

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