Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has unearthed an organ trafficking gang in the country which has already sold kidneys of 100 people abroad.
The discovery came after the crime-busting force arrested the gang’s ringleader and four of his accomplices at Narda of Vatara in Dhaka city and Joypurhat district on Tuesday.
The elite force hunted down ringleader of the gang Shahriar Imran Ahmed and his aides Mehedi Hasan, Saiful Islam, Abdul Mannan and Tajul Islam alias Taju.
Four passports, some medical, passport and visa related papers, five mobile phone sets and some local and foreign currency were seized from them, he said.
“Making a nexus with organ traffickers in a neighboring country, Imran made a cycle of the kidney trafficking. He was the admin of two Facebook IDs—Bangladesh Kidney and Liver Patents Treatment and Kidney Liver Medical Services.
“He through his accomplices convinced poor people to sell their kidneys. The gangsters made them understand that they need only one kidney to live normally.
“The racket has so far sent about 100 people to the neighbouring country after persuading them into selling their kidneys,” said Moin.
Imran used to take Tk 5 lakh to 10 lakh for each kidney while Mannan and Tajul took Tk 3-5 lakh. On the tactics of their work, Moin said that the gang comprising 15-20 members worked in three separate groups.
The first group contacted rich patients urgently needing kidney transplantation while the second group managed the poor, he described.
The third group took the persuaded people to their contracted diagnostic centres in the capital and made them carry out tests to confirm if their kidneys would match the patients, according to the officer.
After being matched, the group made all the papers and documents to send the convinced poor to the neighbouring country.
After keeping the kidneys, they were sent back to the country through legal and illegal ways.