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2 held for fake challan racket

Hazaribagh, Aug. 2: Police have arrested two persons from Chouparan, Hazaribagh, to bust a gang involved in producing and selling fake challans to trucks carrying coal out of the state illegally.

Acting on a tip-off, the police raided Hotel Madhuban on the GT Road at Dhanuwa, some 60km from the district headquarters, this morning and arrested Arvind Kumar of Uttar Pradesh and Sudhir Kumar Singh from Bihar. A laptop, a printer and fake challans of CCL and BCCL, and fabricated receipts issued by the commercial tax department were seized.

SP Manoj Kaushik said the arrested duo were running an office from one of the hotel rooms and selling fake challans. “The challans are as good as original. They used to charge Rs 1,000 per truck,” he said.

Elaborating on the modus operandi, he said trucks carrying coal illegally used to purchase fake challans from this hotel and produce them at the integrated check post at Chouparan on the border of Bihar and Jharkhand.

A senior police officer said truck owners would buy coal from companies like CCL and BCCL at a subsided rate for “domestic use”. They were not supposed to transport them out of the state or sell them for commercial purposes.

“But, a large number of trucks procure fake documents to take subsidised coal out of the state and sell them in various districts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. This is where people like Arvind Kumar and Sudhir Kumar come in the scene. At least, 25-30 trucks used to buy fake challans from this mini office and pass through Chouparan check post daily,” he added.


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