Police suspects that the four illegal migrants arrested from Hyderabad, who reportedly have links with the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, were helped by several government officials in getting passports and voter ID cards.
Cops on Monday evening arrested one Special Branch constable Basheer Ahmed and a Home Guard S K Saleem attached to the Passport Verification Cell, and a passport agent, Ahsan Zia Ansari, for allegedly helping the four Huji activists in getting passports using forged or fake identity papers.
The passport agent Ansari, a native of Mumbai living in Hyderabad since 2003, used to work as a data entry operator during which time he came in contact with Mohammed Javeed, a Myanmar refugee living in Shaheennagar. Javeed used to work as a tout near the Aadhar Enrolment Centre at Moghalpura and used to arrange fake address proofs and other forged documents for Myanmar refugees to obtain Aadhar cards.
Ansari also came in touch with Special Branch constable Basheer Ahmed and Home Guard S K Saleem. Saleem used to divert certain passport applications for verification to Special Branch constable Basheer Ahmed and both of them used to allegedly charge a hefty amount to give positive reports so that certain individuals could obtain passports. Officials said, it was constable Basheer Ahmed and S K Saleem who arranged for passports for the four Huji activists after allegedly receiving hefty amounts from passport agent Ansari, and two other agents Mohammed Masood Ali Khan and Sohail Parvez Khan.
At least six Special Branch constables who verify passport applicants and four officials who issue voter IDs and Aadhar cards are under the scanner and police is probing if these officials took bribes from the two agents who were trying to arrange the documents for the four
The four were arrested by the Detective Department of Crime Central Station, Hyderabad. One of them is Mohammed Nasir, originally a
Bangladeshi who migrated to Pakistan, became its citizen and then came to India. The other three–Bangladeshi nationals Faizal Mohamoud and Joynal Abedin and Myanmar national Zia Ur Rahman–crossed into the country and were living illegally in Hyderabad.
Police said Nasir and Zia-ur-Rahman also helped Pakistani national Waqas who was allegedly involved in several terror attacks across the
country, including the 2013 Disukhnagar twin blasts case. Waqas was later arrested.
Two local agents Mohammed Masood Ali Khan, a resident of Chanchalguda, and Sohail Parvez Khan, a resident of Balapur, Cyberabad, were also arrested for allegedly helping the accused.
An official of the Detective Department of Hyderabad Police said Nasir had spent nearly Rs 2 lakh to get his passport. “The first time Nasir applied for passport, two Special Branch constables found his credentials suspicious during the verification process. They sent a
negative report and his application was rejected. However, the second time, the same two constables sent a positive report and Nasir got a
We have arrested constable Basheer Ahmed. We are investigating the other constable. Similarly, officials of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation involved in issuing voter ID cards, officials of road transport authority that issues driving licences and UIDAI officials who issue Aadhar cards are also suspected to have taken bribes to accept forged identity proofs and fictitious addresses and issue the cards,” an official said.
“We are investigating how many such passports are arranged by these offenders and the persons to whom such passports are arranged and
their current locations. From the information gathered so far these illegal immigrants are obtaining Indian passports by paying heavy
amounts and visiting Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on tourist Visa,” T Prabhakar Rao, Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime Central Station,
Detective Department, said.