Two people were arrested in Mumbai recently for allegedly helping at least 50 Bangladeshi nationals acquire Indian documents.
The Mumbai crime branch nabbed the two men who allegedly helped at least 50 nationals of the neighbouring country procure passports, Aadhaar and PAN card using fake documents.
The accused were running two shops at Sakinaka and Ghatkopar that were raided on Thursday night.
Akbar Pathan, deputy commissioner of police (detection) said many forged documents like Pan cards, Aadhaar cards, ration cards were seized in the raids along with printing machines.
The accused have been identified as Hamid Khan alias Akhtar and Shatrajit Yadav.
According to police, Akhtar had a wide network and used it to find foreign nationals looking for Indian identity while Yadav used to help forge documents.
The arrest comes a day after the arrest of two Bangladeshi nationals with forged identities.
A 24-year-old Rehan Shuon was held by immigration officials at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Terminus while using his fake passport to board a flight to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.
Rehan told crime branch officials that locals helped him get a fake birth certificate from a gram panchayat in West Bengal.
An agent in Mumbai then helped him acquire a PAN card and a reference letter from a politician, which he used to get an Aadhar card issued, according to reports.
Rehan’s interrogation led to the arrest of another Bangladeshi national, 27-year-old Minasul Hasan, who was in the process of obtaining an Indian passport.