From the Toronto Sun:
Amit Kumar speaks to the media while in police custody in Kathmandu on Feb. 8, 2008.
KATHMANDU -- The alleged mastermind of an illegal kidney transplant ring -- who was once suspected of fleeing to the Toronto area -- was reportedly carrying a small fortune when he was arrested in Nepal yesterday.
Amit Kumar, called Dr. Horror in some Indian media reports because of the allegations, is an Indian national said to have family living in Brampton in a $600,000 home he reportedly bought with his wife, Poonam Ameet. The couple has two sons, aged 4 and 5.
The Himalayan Times quoted police sources in Nepal as saying that Kumar was arrested at a hotel in the southern town of Sauraha, about 60 km from the Indian border town of Raxaul.
The Kathmandu-based newspaper said Kumar, 40, and his Nepalese associate, identified as Manish Singh, checked into the hotel yesterday under Singh's name. Police showed up at the hotel shortly after and arrested Kumar, but Singh fled, the newspaper reported.
CNN.com reported that the Nepalese minister of state said Kumar was carring $145,000 in U.S. dollars and a cheque for another 900,000 euros ($1.3 million Cdn) when he was taken into custody.
Kumar became the subject of an international manhunt last week after Interpol issued a red notice for his arrest. Kumar and another doctor are wanted in India on counts of "illegal transplanting of kidneys, cheating and criminal conspiracy." Read the full article.
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