With the arrest of a person allegedly involved in human organs trafficking, the Sadar police claimed to have busted their gang.
An Assam resident was detained by police in connection with duping a family in Ludhiana of Rs 16 lakh on pretext of arranging a kidney for a 70-year-old ailing woman. The accused has been identified by police as Partha Protim Gohaye, alias, Baba - who is a sound engineer.
Meanwhile, police also suspect the involvement of two employees of a local hospital, who are accused of referring kin of patients to the members of the gang.
A case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against Partha and the gang kingpin Master Narinder Pal, alias, Guru, from Sabdulpur village of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh at the Sadar police station.
The matter came to light when the ailing women Gurjeet Kaur lodged a complaint in police against the accused.
In her complaint to the police, Gurjeet from Jaswant Nagar of Salem Tabri said that she had been undergoing treatment at Mediways Hospital at Ferozepur road here, where the doctors referred her for kidney transplantation. Following which family members expressed their willingness to donate kidney to her, but failed at medical test.
Gurjeet's son Davinder Singh alleged that two employees of the hospital had arranged their meeting with the gang kingpin, who assured them of a kidney for Rs 18 lakh, but the deal struck in Rs 16 lakh.
Davinder said they mortgaged their assets to arrange the money and contacted Narinder, who called them in Delhi on November 23 last, when they handed over Rs 1.50 lakh to Narinder Pal as a token money.
Next day, Narinder took them to Kolkata by air, where they met Partha, who took them to a guest house and received Rs 3 lakh from them and got Rs 9.5 lakh transferred into his bank account.
Davinder alleged that the accused had kept on making excuses for six months that he was arranging a donor soon. They remained at the guest house for six months, but to no avail. When condition of his mother worsened, they returned to Ludhiana last week and filed a complaint with the police.
SHO at the Sadar police station sub-inspector Amandeep Singh Brar said police acted swiftly into the matter and arrested Partha, who came to Ludhiana to meet patient's kin, from a bus depot on Wednesday.
According to the SHO, the accused purportedly admitted that he had duped three more persons on pretext of arranging kidney.
He met Nrinder Pal at a hospital in Saharanpur, where he had gone for the treatment of his mother, Partha reportedly told police, where they formed a gang and hatched a conspiracy to make quick bucks by luring people on pretext of arranging kidneys.