According to SSP Vijay Pratap, the arrested included two middlemen who were involved in establishing contact with prospective kidney buyers in Punjab and Chandigarh. These two were identified as Ajay Bansal and Surinder Kumar, he said. The others who were taken into custody were Raju, a resident of Dhariwal in Gurdaspur district, Kala of Ramdass in Amritsar district, Gurvinder of Bijnore in UP and Rajesh Kumar of Mirzapur in UP. Raju had already given his kidney to a buyer at a hospital in Mohali while the other three were waiting for buyers.
Mr Pratap said the police raided a house in Panj Peer and took into custody all the six. However, the kingpin, Vicky Bhatia was still absconding, he added.
Giving details, the SSP said the four kidney 'sellers' were virtually under detention at the house. Further details will emerge after their questioning, he added.
The SSP pointed out that Vickey Bhatia and Ajay Bansal were involved in the kidney sale racket and had been arrested previously in the infamous kidney racket of 2002, which was the first such organised crime unearthed in Punjab, involving a few renowned doctors and a transplant surgeon.
The six apprehended were arrested under sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 371 and 120-B of the IPC, he said.