HYDERABAD: Police have arrested six persons, including four refugees from Myanmar, for illegally obtaining Indian passports and other identity cards (ID) cards under false names. They also arrested a home guard posted at RTA office, Khairatabad, for helping the refugees in securing the Indian passport illegally.

In a joint operation conducted by the Bahadurpura police along with Special Branch cops at Kishanbagh and MM Pahadi in Rajendranagar, four Rohingyas from Myanmar, Md Rafeeq, 24, Md Aziz, 35, of Kishanbagh, Abdul Kareem, 35, and Md Saleem, 22, of MM Pahadi have been arrested.

Cops seized two Indian passports containing photographs of Md Rafeeq and Md Aziz with false names and local addresses. Police also seized Indian passport applications of Kareem and Saleem with fake details of their identity. Cops also seized four voter ID and Aadhaar cards containing their photographs, but fake particulars.

On interrogation, the four refugees, who have United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)-issued identify cards, confessed that they wanted to go to North American, Middle East or West European countries for employment and decided to obtain Indian passports for that purpose.

The four refugees have told police that home guard Nazir Khan, 40, of Kishanbagh, currently posted at RTA office in Khairatabad, had helped them to contact Md Ghouse, 32, of Hussainialam, to obtain voter ID cards with fake particulars.

With the help of Ghouse, the four refugees obtained voter ID cards and then Aadhaar cards with fake particulars and then opened bank accounts. Using all the supporting documents with fake particulars, the refugees applied for Indian passports. Rafeeq and Aziz managed to obtain Indian passports, but during the antecedent verification Kareem and Saleem’s passport applications were rejected. After a detailed scrutiny of the applications, the Special Branch cops along with Bahadurpura police nabbed all the four on Sunday. Based on their confession, police also arrested Ghouse and Nazir.

A case was registered against the accused by the Bahadurpura police under sections, 370, 466, 468, 474, 473, 474 r/w 109 of the IPC, sections 12(1)(b)(d) of the Indian Passport Act 1967, section 14(a)(b)(c) of the Foreigners Act 1946, sections 10 & 24 of the Immigration Act, 1983, section 3 of the Passport Re-entry Act, 1920.

The arrested persons would be produced in court and remanded in judicial custody on Monday.

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Source: TOI-Hyd