The Regional Passport Officer (RPO) has reported to police a case of a 25-year-old woman currently staying in Bibvewadi who submitted a forged date of birth (DoB) certificate to authorities not once but twice.
The issuing authority, a block development officer in Jaunpur in UP, conveyed to RPO in written format that both the certificates submitted by the woman were fake.
The woman in her early 20s presently stays in Bibvewadi and originally hails from Jainpur district in Varanasi division of Uttar Pradesh. She provided two fake date of birth certificates, issued by the block development officer in Jaunpur, which bore dates two years apart from each other.
“Her first visit to Passport Seva Kendra, Mundhwa (PSK) was on December 22, 2015, when she submitted a birth certificate bearing April 7, 1992, as her date of birth. She was given a further appointment as passport authorities were not satisfied with her documents. At the time of her second appointment in March, 2016, she submitted another birth certificate which bore her date of birth as May 13, 1990. This raised suspicion in the mind of the officer who then referred the matter to me,” said Atul Gotsurve, RPO, Pune.
After examining the matter and both the certificates submitted by her, the Regional Passport Office sent them to the issuing authority in Uttar Pradesh.
“In July, they replied back stating that both the certificates were forged and that they had never issued any of the two certificates,” said Gotsurve.
The matter was then referred to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Branch) who forwarded it to DCP Zone 4 as the alleged crime happened in the jurisdiction of Mundhwa Police Station.
Applicants trying to obtain passport by submitting forged certificates is not a rare occurrence at all. In the last five years, Pune police have registered nine cases where either a person was booked for trying to submit a forged document or a passport obtained by submitting forged documents was detected and compounded.
In 2011, the city police had busted a fake passport racket run by a police constable D L Ghorpade who had prepared fake documents that were used to issue more than 150 passports.