Krishnagar, Oct. 20: An 18-year-old Bangladeshi youth allegedly carrying 32 Indian passports has been arrested in Nadia by the BSF.
BSF officers said Sankar Biswas, who was handed over to Krishnaganj police today and will be produced in court tomorrow, had been staying in Nadia for the past six months.
“The youth was trying to sneak into Bangladesh with the passports. We suspect he is part of a racket involved in smuggling out such documents. We are looking for others. Once the photographs on the passports are replaced, they will become valid documents for anyone from Bangladesh trying stay in a hotel here or getting a mobile phone connection,” a BSF source said in Nadia.
Asked if the passports were original, a BSF officer said: “They are original. We have crosschecked. As far as I know, this is the largest such haul.”
The officer said the lamination on any passport can be easily sliced open for the photograph on it to be replaced. However, such forged documents are unlikely to stand scrutiny at airports.
According to the BSF, Sankar had links with local agents to whom villagers in Nadia and Murshidabad go for their passports to be processed.
The officers added that most of the villagers whose names were on the 32 passports thought the process to issue the documents was yet to get over. Hardly anyone in the rural areas looks up the Internet to track their passports.
Two SIM cards of Bangladesh and India, fake notes of the two countries to the tune of Rs 2,000 and two mobile phones were also seized from Sankar.