Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel have arrested nine members of a kidney trafficking gang in a massive drive in Joypurhat.
The elite force has launched the drive in the wake of the reported kidney trafficking to different countries.
The information was disclosed at a press conference at Joypurhat RAB camp on Wednesday.
The arrested were identified as Khwaja Moin Uddin (44) of Olipur village of Kalai upazila, Azadul (38) of the same village, Farkan Ali (45) of Bahuti village, Afsar Uddin (58) of Paikpara village, Nurul Islam (50) and Bablu Fakir (52) of Purbakrishtapur village, Sobhan Mandal (52), Mujahidul Mandal (40) and Sajedul Fakir (38) of Dudhail Nayapara village.
The RAB officer said the detainees had been selling and purchase of kidneys of Joypurhat and surrounding areas for a long time.
"They admitted during RAB interrogation that they were involved in kidney trafficking," he said.
The RAB officer further said the operation against the brokers will continue to prevent the sale and purchase of kidneys.
Capitalising the helplessness of financially insolvent people, a gang of kidney and liver trafficker is active across the country. This group used to collect kidneys and livers by tempting people in financial crisis of money.
Earlier on October 12, RAB-2 arrested five members of a gang involved in kidney trafficking in raids on the capital and Joypurhat.
In Bangladesh, the Human Organ Transplantation Act 1999 was amended in 2018. The directive to the Ministry of Health states that donors must donate organs out of legal control.
The High Court has ruled that such a process should be started to provide kidneys or organs to the growing number of kidney patients in the country, especially the dying patients.
Although there is a huge demand for kidney transplants in the country at present, only a small number are being transplanted.
This cycle is continuing to cheat by collecting patients from all over the country.
They are deceiving people. The law enforcement agencies have to take strict action to prevent such fraudulent cycles.
RAB sources said, the arrestees were involved in such immoral act for long. They had been carrying out such trade through using social media like “facebook”.
"They used to charge clients Tk 15-20 lakh for each kidney. However, the donors only received Tk 3-4 lakh for each organ," RAB said.