Fake passport racket: Cyberabad CP requests FRRO to open Look Out Circulars against 72 persons

The fake passport and document racket came to light in January with the arrest of three persons at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.

By   |  Published: 23rd Feb 2021  7:41 pm
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Hyderabad: Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar on Tuesday said the police have requested the Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office (FRRO) to open Look Out Circulars against 72 persons who fraudulently procured fake Aadhaar cards and Indian documents including passports and went abroad.

The fake passport and document racket, which came to light late in January with the arrest of three persons at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, has seen those obtaining such forged documents flying to countries including Thailand, UAE, Malaysia, South Africa, Spain and Mauritius.

“We are also coordinating with the UIDAI authority regarding cancelation of these 72 Aadhaar cards. We are appraising district collectors and Superintendents of Police of various districts of West Bengal regarding these persons,” Sajjanar said at a press conference confirming the arrests of suspects including two cops in the fake passport case.

The arrested persons were Nitai Das alias Sanjib Dutta, Mohd.Rana Mia alias Sandip Mondal, Mohd Hasib Ur Rehman alias Ramu and Parimal Bain, all from Bodhan and natives of Bangladesh, Shahnaj Pail from West Bengal, Mateen Ahmed Mirza , a Mee Seva operator from Bodhan, P.Mallesh Rao, Sub-inspector of Bodhan earlier worked in the Special Branch and B. Anil Kumar, Assistant Sub-inspector of SB in Bodhan.

Three more suspects, Sameer from West Bengal, Manoj from Iraq and a native of West Bengal and Sadham Hussain, a flight ticket agent from Mumbai, were absconding.

According to Sajjanar, Sanjib Dutta, Sandip Mondal, Ramu Das and Parimal Bain were Bangladeshis while Sameer was an agent facilitating foreigners to cross borders illegally into India. Shahnaj Patil arranged flight tickets through his friend Sadham Hussain and Mateen Ahmed Mirza created fake Aadhar cards. Manoj arranged visas and Sadham Hussain arranged flight tickets. Mallesh Rao and Anil Kumar, both cops, conducted passport verification.

“Telangana has a unique system of AI based criminal recognition system using CCTNS data by which 314 passports were blocked in the last two years. Reports are also being sent to the Regional Passport Officer here in Hyderabad for cancellation of these 72 fraudulently obtained passports,” Sajjanar said.

Special teams have been formed to trace the remaining passport holders and absconding suspects under the supervision of Shamshabad DCP N.Prakash Reddy, he added.

The arrested persons were produced before court and remanded in judicial custody.


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