Police bust 4-member gang that forged driving licences
POTENTIAL DISASTER Fake permits were also used to allow vehicles to transport hazardous materials
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
The four accused at the crime branch office in CBD Belapur on Tuesday.