Mumbai: The Mumbai crime branch arrested two men for helping almost 50 Bangladeshis with fake documents like Aadhar and PAN card to acquire Indian passports. Their shops at Sakinaka and Ghatkopar were raided on Thursday night.
Akbar Pathan, deputy commissioner of police said they the police have seized printing machines and many documents like Pan cards, Aadhar cards and ration cards.
The accused have been recognized as Hamid Khan and Shatrajit Yadav by the crime branch officials. Hamid had a wide network which he used to find foreign nationals looking for Indian identity while Yadav created fake documents.
Two Bangladeshis with forged identities were arrested a day prior. Rehan Shuon, a 24 year old was held by immigration officials at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Terminus where he used his fake passport to board a flight to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Rehan told the officials that the locals of a gram panchayat in West Bengal helped him with a fake birth certificate. A reference letter from a politician and an agent in Mumbai helped him acquire an Aadhar card and PAN card respectively.
Rehan’s arrest led to the arrest of an another 27 year Minasul Hasan, who was in the process of acquiring an Indian passport.