India requests INTERPOL global alert for illegal transplant doctors

31 January 2008

LYON, France – INTERPOL today issued Red Notices – international wanted persons notices - for two Indian doctors believed to be behind hundreds of illegal kidney transplants.

The notices for Amit Kumar and Jeevan Rawat were requested by Indian authorities after police discovered an illegal hospital at a house in Gurgaon near Delhi. It is believed that during the past eight years around 500 people were forcibly operated on and their kidneys transplanted to foreign patients in a secret operating theatre.

40-year-old Kumar and Rawat, aged 36, are both subject of national arrest warrants for illegal transplanting of kidneys, cheating and criminal conspiracy.

Many INTERPOL member countries view a Red Notice as the basis for the provisional arrest of a wanted person with a view to their extradition. It can be requested by any of INTERPOL’s 186 member countries, and is issued by INTERPOL’s General Secretariat in Lyon, France.