A police investigation has revealed that the man arrested last week for forging car number plates, allegedly procured a passport in his deceased brother’s name by submitting fake documents and used it for going to Iran.
Police have identified the suspect as Mohammed Zahid Abdul Hafiz Khan alias Raees Ahmed alias Irfan Abdul Hafiz Khan (48), a resident of Vyankatesh Flora society, Mundhwa. A fresh offence was registered against him at the Mundhwa police station on Thursday. Police have booked Khan along with his aide Kishor under sections 420, 466, 468, 471, 34 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 12 (1) (b) of the Passport Act.
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The anti organised crime cell of crime branch had arrested Khan for allegedly forging the number plates of as many as 14 cars registered as tourist vehicles with the regional transport office (RTO). He allegedly sold these vehicles as private cars.
The scam came to light after the arrest of one Sandeep Udamle by Wanowrie police for allegedly driving a car with a forged number. Probe in this case revealed involvement of Khan. Police then arrested Khan and during investigation it came to light that his real name was Mohammed Zahid Abdul Hafiz Khan. The crime branch team led by inspector Milind Gaikwad found that Mohammed was using the name of his brother Raees who died 17 years ago to carry out his operations.
He had submitted forged documents in the name of Raees at the passport office in Mundhwa. With the help of an agent named Kishor, he had allegedly procured a passport in Raees’s name. Police sub inspector P L Giri of Mundhwa police station is investigating the case.