Gang made fake doc­u­ments, used them to pur­chase lux­ury goods

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Vashi po­lice have busted a huge racket that was in­volved in sub­mit­ting fake doc­u­ments for pur­chas­ing goods from the stores in Mum­bai and Navi Mum­bai. A to­tal of five peo­ple have been ar­rested in the past two weeks.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the gang would take ran­dom peo­ple’s in­for­ma­tion us­ing in­ter­net and then make fake doc­u­ments such as driv­ing li­cence, PAN cards, bank pass­books among oth­ers. They would then use those doc­u­ments to pur­chase lux­ury goods such as iPhones, lap­tops on an equated monthly in­stal­ment (EMI) ba­sis.

“The gang has pur­chase sev­eral mo­bile phones from a store in Vashi in De­cem­ber last year. The owner of the store re­alised that he had been cheated when the EMIs were not deb­ited from their bank ac­counts,” said Sha­haji Umap, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (zone 1).

“He t hen ver­i­fied t heir ad­dress proofs and found those to be fake. He then ap­proached us and reg­is­tered an FIR,” Umap added.

The po­lice ar rested t wo Mad­hukar Raste, 35, and Ganesh She­vale, 34, on April 2. Based on the de­tails given by them, the po­lice ar­rested three more peo­ple on Mon­day. They are Ganesh

Jad­hav, 35, Di­nesh Shetty, 38, and Su­nil Pote, 41. “We have re­cov­ered 30 fake PAN cards, eight fake voter iden­tity cards, eight fake driv­ing li­cences, nine fake pass­books, one scan­ner, one printer and two lap­tops from their pos­ses­sion. We are also try­ing to find out if they had taken per­sonal and home loans us­ing the same modus operandi,” said Ajaykumar Landge, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor from Vashi po­lice sta­tion.

“The gang has con­fessed to over 100 crimes they com­mit­ted in the ar­eas like Mum­bai, Thane, Kalyan and Navi Mum­bai in the past cou­ple of months. One mem­bers of the gang is still ab­scond­ing and we hope to ar­rest him soon,” he added.

We have re­cov­ered 30 fake PAN cards, eight fake voter iden­tity cards, eight fake driv­ing li­cences, nine fake pass­books, one scan­ner, one printer and two lap­tops from them. AJAYKUMAR LANDGE, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor

BACHCHAN KUMAR

Po­lice of­fi­cers dis­play the fake doc­u­ments such as driv­ing li­cences and PAN cards seized from the five ac­cused.

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