Bangladeshi held in India ‘for faking documents’

Online Desk | Update:

Indian detectives arrested a madrasa teacher on Saturday on charges of producing fake mark sheets and birth certificates and using them to apply for Indian passports and Aadhaar and PAN cards, reports Times of India.

Faizul Iah (28), who is said to be a Bangladeshi from Dhanmondi in Dhaka, was arrested from Duttapukur in North 24 Parganas, the English-language Indian daily adds.

"He will be in police remand for eight days. We have taken him for a raid at his residence in Duttapukur. Two Bangladeshi passports (with expired visa), two Indian school-leaving certificates and some documents have been recovered from him. He used his father-in-law and mother-in-law's names in place of his parents' to get an Indian certificate," said Rajesh Kumar, ADG (CID).

Faizul has reportedly been frequenting madrasas in Nadia, Murshidabad and Assam, where he taught religious verses. He also applied for a visa to the Middle East despite expiry of his Bangladeshi passport. "He has been trying to get an Indian passport for two months using fraudulent means. And that is when he came under CID's lens," said a senior officer.

"He had visited at least four madrasas in Mumbai from where he brought back a few students to Duttapukur. We suspect he has links with another Bangladeshi national, who was picked up from Burdwan recently," said an investigating officer.

Besides the Foreigners Act, Faizul has been charged with forgery and criminal conspiracy. "His links with Bangladeshi terror modules are also being ascertained," said a top CID official.

"Issuing Aadhaar cards without a licence from the authority concerned is a serious offence. It is related to national security as people from subcontinental countries look similar to Indians and hunt for locations to obtain local identifications," said a CID official.

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