Mumbai crime branch arrested two men for allegedly helping at least 50 Bangladeshi nationals acquire Indian passports, PAN cards and Aadhaar cards using fake documents.
Officials seized forged documents and printing machines from two shops run by the accused. This comes after a Bangladeshi national got arrested at Mumbai airport while using a fake passport to go to the UAE.
The immigration officials got hold of 24-year-old Rehan Shuon at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Terminus while using his fake passport to board a flight to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.
Crime branch officials revealed the modus operandi of the accused, identified as Hamid Khan alias Akhtar and Shatrajit Yadav. Akhtar had a wide network and used it to find foreign nationals looking for Indian identity while Yadav used to help forge documents, said officials. The arrest comes a day after the arrest of two Bangladeshi nationals with forged identities.
Rehan told crime branch officials that locals helped him get a fake birth certificate from a gram panchayat in West Bengal. An agent in Mumbai then helped him acquire a PAN card and a reference letter from a politician, which he used to get an Aadhar card issued.
Rehan later procured an Indian passport, which he wanted to use in the United Arab Emirates for better prospects, said crime branch officials. Rehan’s interrogation led to the arrest of another Bangladeshi national, 27-year-old Minasul Hasan, who was in the process of obtaining an Indian passport.