[Ed. – Help us out here, folks. What would they be doing this for? The report says it isn’t clear, and the government is looking into it.]
The suspects told women they had to provide blood samples to qualify for financial assistance from the Punjab government, police told BBC Urdu.
However, they extracted spinal fluid instead, and attempted to sell it on the black market, police added.
The gang is thought to have stolen spinal fluid from over 12 women, including a teenager. …
One member “went around posing as an employee of the District Headquarters Hospital, telling his victims they would need to provide blood samples in order to qualify for the Punjab government’s dowry fund”.
“But instead of taking them to the hospital to obtain their ‘blood samples’, he would take them to the house of a female member of the gang to perform the procedure,” Mr Khan added.