A DAY after the arrest of three notorious criminals who were wanted for their involvement in robberies, murders and drug smuggling, the district police on Tuesday started looking for a Ludhiana-based man who used to prepare fake identity proofs. The role of some cops in Jalandhar district also came under the scanner as the passport was issued to one of the accused, Gurjant Singh, from there.
The police also got details of Gurjant’s visit to Thailand in October last year. The police had recovered Pakistan SIM cards, a huge cache of arms and ammunition, and passports made on fake identities from the accused.
Sources told Chandigarh Newsline that Gurjant managed to get a passport having serial number L8222159 from Regional Passport Office in Jalandhar on a local address and the passport was used by Gurjant to travel to Thailand. He left the country on October 21, 2015, and returned on October 27.
“If Gurjant got a passport by changing his name, physical verification of the address would also have been done by the police. Now we are looking for the cops who did the verification, their role is under the scanner as Gurjant is a known criminal. It will also help us break the nexus,” said an official investigating the case.
Police sources said that during the interrogation, the accused revealed that they got their fake ID proofs including driving licences and Aadhaar cards from a Ludhiana-based man. Gurjant also contacted the same person in Ludhiana to prepare the fake ID proofs of some other gang members so that they could get the passports.
The officer said that during the investigation, the accused revealed that Rajasthan was their supply route for smuggling drugs and they were suspecting that the weapons which the accused got from a Pakistani resident, Imtiaz, also came via Rajasthan border. The accused, according to the officer, were also smuggling drugs from Fazilka district.
Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said that they had sent police parties to nab the other accomplices of the accused, and they were hopeful of recovery of drugs from the accused which they smuggled from Pakistan. He said that nobody would be spared if found guilty for helping the criminals in getting the passports.