Po­lice bust 4-mem­ber gang that forged driv­ing li­cences

PO­TEN­TIAL DIS­AS­TER Fake per­mits were also used to al­low ve­hi­cles to trans­port haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Ab­hishek Desai ab­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: The crime branch of Navi Mum­bai po­lice has busted a four-mem­ber gang which had been run­ning a fake driv­ing li­cence and doc­u­ment-forg­ing racket for the last 10 years in the city. The four ar­rested are Di­vakar Kri­pashankar Gupta, Mo­ham­mad Illyas Mo­ham­mad Yusuf Sayyad, Salim Ali Dawat and Babu Ra­maswami Iyer.

The gang was in­volved in sell­ing fake li­cences, ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ments, fit­ness cer­tifi­cates and po­lice and the ex­plo­sives de­part­ment's clear­ances to heavy ve­hi­cles which trans­port haz­ardous gas. The racket had caused the government a loss of crores of ru­pees.

The po­lice re­ceived a tip-off that a tanker was trans­port­ing LPG gas from Hin­dus­tan Pe­tro­leum Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited in Uran with a fake li­cence plate and doc­u­ments.

On fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the po­lice found that the tanker was be­ing plied with bo­gus fit­ness cer­tifi­cate from Vashi's Re­gional Trans­port Of­fice and fake doc­u­ments from the ex­plo­sives de­part­ment.

The tanker, which was per­mit­ted to carry 14 tonnes of gas, had forged doc­u­ments from the ex­plo­sives de­part­ment, per­mit­ting it to carry 18 tonnes.

Af­ter ar­rest­ing the owner of the tanker Di­vakar Kri­pashankar Gupta at Vashi on Jan­uary 16, the po­lice were led to Mo­ham­mad Illyas Mo­ham­mad Yusuf Sayyad, a Nerul res­i­dent, who con­fessed to forg­ing the doc­u­ments.

The po­lice also re­cov­ered bo­gus reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cates, cer­tifi­cates of ap­proval to drive ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing haz­ardous goods from the HPCL with sig­na­tures and stamps of the RTO.

The po­lice then nabbed Salim Ali Dawat, and Babu Ra­maswami Iyer from Vashi. The search at Iyer’s place found bo­gus blank and name­less li­cences, rub­ber stamps of the RTO, fake cer­tifi­cates of fit­ness and cer­tifi­cates of In­sti­tute of Se­cu­rity and Fire Tech­nol­ogy. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was car­ried out by API Manish Shrid­hankar and po­lice naik Ki­ran Raut. “We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing how many per­sons have been given such bo­gus doc­u­ments by the ac­cused,” said Shrikant Pathak, deputy po­lice com­mis­sioner, Navi Mum­bai.

They have run the racket for about 10 years

and have is­sued fake li­cences and per­mits to in­ex­pe­ri­enced per­sons.

S H R I K A N T PAT H A K , deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

The four ac­cused at the crime branch of­fice in CBD Be­la­pur on Tues­day.

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