Fake Certificate Racket Busted in Kulgam; Three Imposters Held



The police on Saturday busted a fake Revenue and Permanent Resident Certificate racket in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district 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 land doesn’t belong to the person who had approached Bank for a loan.

Tehsildar Kulgam Muzamil Ahmed told CNS 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 his offence that he along with his two associates have 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 while 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 two lakh twenty thousand 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 5000 for each certificate. They confessed to have issued hundreds of certificates and efforts are being made to identify those who have obtained the fake certificates. Action will 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.


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