The PMPML has filed a complaint against a passenger who used a forged school-leaving certificate to obtain a concessional senior citizen pass. PMPML officials investigated and found that the certificate issued by a Malegaon school was forged by the applicant to wrongly obtain the benefit of concession. An all-route monthly pass for a regular traveller costs Rs 1,500, while the same for senior citizens costs only Rs 450.
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The man identified as Ramnayan Singh (PMPML ID 2338) was travelling in a Pulgate-Wonorie PMPML bus when a ticket checking squad led by Gajanan Deshmukh conducted a surprise check in the bus. When asked, Singh showed them his concessional pass but the squad members were suspicious as he did not look like a senior citizen. They asked him to show some other ID, which when produced, showed a different date of birth.
“We then visited the Lower Indira Nagar depot of PMPML to find out how he obtained the concessional pass. We were told by the pass issuing officer that he had submitted a copy of the school-leaving certificate as proof of age while obtaining the pass,” said Sanjay Kusalkar, a senior official with PMPML.
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“The certificate was issued by a school run by Malegaon Municipal Corporation in Nashik district. We visited the school and found that the certificate was registered in the name of one Mahendrakumar Bohade and not Singh. This proved that he had faked the certificate to get the benefit,” Kusalkar added. Police have booked Singh under sections 420, 465, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC.