The investigation following the arrest of four illegal immigrants, including a Pakistani with links to Huji, has widened with police suspecting the involvement of several government officials in helping them to get passports and identity cards.
At least six Special Branch constables verifying passport applicants, four officials issuing voter identity cards and Aadhar cards are being investigated by police for allegedly taking huge bribes from two agents who were trying to arrange passports and ID cards for the four accused. An official of the Detective Department of Hyderabad Police said that the Pakistani national Mohammed Nasir had spent nearly Rs 2 lakhs to get his passport.
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“The first time Nasir applied for passport, two SB constables found his credentials suspicious during the verification process and sent a negative report following which his application was rejected. However, the second time the same two constables sent a positive report which enabled Nasir to get a passport.
Similarly, officials of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) involved in giving voter ID cards, road transport authority issuing driving licences and UIDAI officials issuing Aadhar cards are also suspected to have taken bribes to accept forged identity proofs and fictitious addresses and issue the cards,’’ an official said.
The four Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami activists, including Mohammed Nasir, were arrested by the Detective Department of Crime Central Station, Hyderabad.
Nasir, originally a Bangladeshi who migrated to Pakistan and became its citizen and came to India, and Faizal Mohamoud, Bangladeshi national, Joynal Abedin, Bangladeshi national, and Zia Ur Rahman, a Myanmar national, crossed into the country and were living illegally in Hyderabad. Two local agents Mohammed Masood Ali Khan, a resident of Chanchalguda and Sohail Parvez Khan, resident of Balapur, Cyberabad were also arrested.
Cops said that Nasir and 19-year-old Myanmar national Zia-ur-Rahman who helped Waqas alias Zia-ur-Rahman, a Pakistani national, to escape from Hyderabad after the twin blasts at Dilsukhnagar on February 13, 2013.