A six-member gang involved in producing fake documents was busted in the heart of Ranchi on Friday.
Several fake documents —driving licences, vehicle owner books and voter identity cards, besides domicile certificates and death certificates — were recovered from the six persons arrested.
Those nabbed were identified as Mohammed Mumtaz, Mohammed Abrar, Raju Qureshi, Wasim Ansari, Mohammed Sonu and Ranjeet Kumar. They were all taken to Kotwali police station for interrogation.
Speaking about the breakthrough, senior superintendent of police Saket Kumar Singh said two days of regular efforts by the Kotwali police paid off with Friday’s success.
“Mohammed Mumtaz and Mohammed Abrar were arrested from their homes on Thursday evening with fake documents of two auto-rickshaws following a tip off. On being questioned, they said they had procured the documents from a photocopying outlet, Jai Mata Di Xerox, on Radium Road. When Kotwali officers raided the shop this morning around 11am, the four remaining members of the gang were arrested,” he said.
Of the four arrested from Radium Road, two — Wasim Ansari and Mohammed Sonu — are residents of Ilahi Nagar while Raju Qureshi is resident of Salauddin Nagar. Ranjeet Kumar is resident of Harmu.
Police seized a computer and several stamps from the shop.
Asked whether Friday’s arrests would put an end to the practice of vital public documents being forged in Ranchi, Singh was non-committal.
“The possibility of finding more such gangs cannot be ruled out as this illegal business does not require a large investment. Thus one should always cross-check the document in case of any doubt,” he said.
Asked whether the persons whose names appear on the fake documents would also be arrested, Singh said it was too early to comment on that.
“First, the genuineness of the information given on the fake document will be examined and only then will any further steps be taken. Apart from this, purpose for which the fake documents were being produced will also be known,” he said.
An FIR was registered in this connection at Kotwali police station.