Two people were arrested for their alleged involvement in running an organised racket of producing fake driver’s licences and birth certificates in Delhi, officers of the crime branch said on Sunday.
The accused — Babu Ram, 29 and Ram Singh, 37 — were nabbed from Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar in northwest Delhi on Friday, Ravindra Yadav, additional commissioner of police (crime) confirmed.
“They were held on the basis of a tip-off that stated that Babu Ram and his associates were involved in selling fake driving licences and birth certificates of different states and transport authorities. We were also told that the duo would come to Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar to meet their associates on Friday,” said additional CP Yadav.
The police laid a trap, sending an undercover officer as a decoy customer. The officer approached Babu Ram for a fake driving licence in lieu of payment. Babu Ram struck the deal for the fake licence at Rs 2000 and took the officer’s photograph before asking him to wait for some time. After about an hour, he returned and handed over the fake driving licence and was arrested immediately.
“During investigation, Babu Ram said that he had been involved in the business for around 18 months and was helped by his associates Ram Singh, Dheer Dhwaj, Akram Bhodha, Ashok and Dharamveer. After his confession, Ram Singh was arrested from his residence at Siraspur in Delhi,” said additional CP Yadav.
Singh, the police claimed, told them that the gang had supplied more than 1,500 fake driving licences so far. “A hunt is on to nab the others. So far, 21 fake driving licences, 31 fake stamps of state transport authorities, holographic stickers, a laptop, scanner and printer have been recovered,” Yadav added.