February 15th, 2008 10:42 EST
Kidney Scam lands Indian police officer in slammer
Indian police have arrested a fellow officer for corruption in connection with the country's largest illegal kidney racket.
Officials in New Delhi say assistant sub-inspector, Ravinder Kumar Singh, was detained on Thursday for accepting a bribe of roughly $50,000. Six other police officers are also wanted in the case.
The alleged scam ringleader, Amit Kumar, was arrested in Nepal earlier this month and is now in Indian police custody. Kumar is accused of forcibly removing kidneys from nearly 500 people and selling them to wealthy clients, many from foreign countries.
The case came to light in January, when police raided a clinic in Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi.
Kumar has been charged with wrongful confinement, causing hurt by a weapon and fraud.
Officials say laborers from villages near New Delhi were lured to the private clinic with offers of jobs. Some of the victims were reported to be held against their will before being drugged and operated on.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.