Fake certificate racket busted in Kulgam

SRINAGAR: Police busted a fake Revenue and Permanent Resident Certificate racket in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday with the arrest of a three-member gang as well as seizure of a large number of fake stamps, bank cheques, certificates and material required to prepare the forged documents.

The scandal came to fore after two private banks sought verification report from Tehsildar regarding a piece of land. During verification, it surfaced that the land did not belong to the person who had approached Bank for a loan.

Tehsildar, Kulgam, Muzamil Ahmed said that he brought the matter into the notice of District Development Commissioner and after proper verification a person from Kanipora Kulgam namely Farooq Ahmed Padroo confessed to offence that he, along with his two associates, had been issuing fake PRCs, Revenue and other certificates to people in exchange of money.

Accused Farooq identified his two associates as Muhammad Abbas Dar of Narsingpora Kulgam and Nisar Wali Lone of Awgam Kulgam.

Police seized a large number of fake stamps, three bank cheques, certificates and material required to prepare the forged documents. “Three bank cheques amounting to Rs 2,20,000 were also recovered from these imposters. These people were active in the district for quite some time in the district. They are being questioned and more arrests are expected,” said a police officer.

He added that they issued fake certificates to customers charging Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 for each certificate. They confessed to have issued hundreds of certificates and efforts were being made to identify those who had obtained the fake certificates.

“Action would be initiated against such people as per law,” the police official said, adding that an FIR vide number 246/2015 under section 420,467,468,471,472,473 RPC have been registered against the accused.