Gangs forging passports a threat to UAE, India

SHARJAH — Gangs forging Indian passports to indulge in fraudulent activities that may pose a security threat for both India and the UAE have been operating in the country, police sources said.

By Riyasbabu And Amira Agarib (Our staff reporters)

Published: Tue 15 Jul 2008, 9:35 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:13 PM

One such gang was busted in Sharjah two days ago with the Criminal Investigation Department arresting three Indians allegedly involved in forging Indian passports and selling pirated CDs.

Last week, police in India arrested a Sharjah-bound national at the Calicut airport in Kerala and seized 31 fake Indian passports, 15 university certificates and fake UAE visas.

In the Sharjah Police action, a large number of forged Indian passports, photographs and 860 copied CDs of movies were seized from the gang of three Indians. Photocopies of visit visas were also found in their possession. However, the police officials did not divulge the exact number of forged passports and documents seized.

Police said the gang was charging Dh3,000 for each forged Indian passport.

All three had entered the UAE on visit visas. Similarly, the Indian arrested in the Calicut airport also was holding a visit visa when he was arrested.

M. Rajeev, Deputy Superintendent of Intelligence Department at the Calicut airport, said they are currently coordinating with the UAE authorities in the case.

Venu Rajamony, Indian Consul-General in Dubai, said the mission is aware of the fraudulent activities of gangs involved in forging Indian passports and other documents.

"We have informed the local security agencies as it is a security threat to both India and the UAE," said Rajamony.

He added that the Government of India is also looking in to the matter and will take necessary measures to curb this illegal activity.

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