Investigations by the Pune police have revealed that the two foreign nationals,believed to be from Myanmar,who were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly travelling from Pune to Sharjah on fake passports,came to India a few months back due to financial problems by illegally crossing the porous international border with Bangladesh.
The police however are not sure whether the duo belong to the Rohingya Muslim community from Myanmar,many of whom are suspected to have migrated to India and Bangladesh after the ethnic violence last year.
Investigators believe that the two suspects are from poor financial background and may have left Myanmar in search of jobs,but it is being probed whether any racketeers are operating behind them.
A senior officer said,Passports seized from the two foreigners are fake. Investigation so far revealed they have come to India and were further travelling to Sharjah after acquiring fake passports for getting jobs. Their families are still in Myanmar,so they may have left their country due to poor financial conditions and not due to fear of ethnic violence. There is a possibility that violence disrupted their employment in Myanmar.
The police said that the duo have fake passports with name of Ansari Mehboob Alam (24) of Bihar and Gazi Najbul Hasan (23) of Andra Pradesh. Cops are zeroing on the suspects who helped them get fake passports.
The duo reportedly told the police that they came to India about six months back and were staying at Deoband in Uttar Pradesh. Later,they managed to get fake passports and went to Sharjah from Pune airport on September 21.
But they were held at the Sharjah airport on the suspicion of possessing a fake passport. The duo were then sent back to Pune by the Sharjah authorities.
The Pune police arrested them on charges of cheating,forgery and violation of Passport Act on September 24. Suryakant Balmukund Ram (34),a central intelligence officer with the immigration branch,had registered an FIR against the two suspects at the Airport police station.
The police and the airport authorities are probing as to how the officials at the Pune airport failed to identify the fake passports before they left for Sharjah. The police have contacted the airport authorities and the [assport office in this case.
Meanwhile,the police have got information about the cell phones used by the two foreign nationals. The police are hoping to get clues about the persons associated to the two foreign nationals and whether there is big racket involved in this case.
Sources said there is a rise in the number of illegal Myanmar migrants in India after the ethnic clashes last year. They come to India via Bangladesh border by paying petty amount of money to agents.
They do not know Indian languages or English. Police teams sought help from experts of the International Centre of University of Pune,but the suspects dialect were different,so they could not be questioned properly. Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone IV) Manoj Patil is monitoring the investigation.