At a time when India is going all guns blazing in it’s effort to curb terror, a large number of Bangladeshi nationals are found with Indian passports. And that’s not all. Security sources said that these fake passports are suspected to have been procured in the name and identity proof of genuine Indian citizens living in remote areas. Only the photographs have been changed. Security sources said that demand of Indian passport was also high because some middle-east countries prefer giving jobs to Indians.
The matter came to light recently when a youth working in a canteen of an IT company in Pune was caught by Maharashtra police. They said the youth was a Bangladeshi national but had an Indian passport which he used to travel to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
In what can be termed as alarming, many rackets such as these are flourishing in Nagaon, Karimganj, Hailakandi and Silchar districts of Assam. The security sources maintain it requires urgent attention of the state police, which provides verification reports to the regional passport offices (RPO). On the contrary, a detailed investigation revealed a section of unscrupulous police officers also sell these reports for Rs. 1-2 lakh.
In another case in Karimganj district, police have arrested 13 people, including a political leader, two teachers and Bangladeshi nationals on charges of running a fake passport racket. All the four arrested Bangladeshi nationals are very affluent businessmen.
The police are also on the look out for two absconding suspects who had gone to Regional Passport Office to claim theirs. The passport’s could not be delivered to their address in Nagaon district. The suspects were asked to wait but they fled by the time police arrived.
Going by these cases it seems high time the Assam Government takes a tough stand and does a detailed investigation into the verification reports issued in the last few years.
Source: Deccan Chronicle