The Uttar Pradesh (UP) police's Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) has found a Pakistani identity card, apart from a passport, from Pakistani terror suspect Farooq, who and his associate Abu Ismail were allegedly killed in an encounter in Noida early Sunday.
"The identity card that identifies him as Ali Ahmed (son of Fateh Mohammed) is titled Qaumi Shinakht (community identity) card bearing Farooq's photograph and his thumb print," UP police's additional director general (crime, law and order) Brij Lal told Hindustan Times.
"The details in this card are printed in Urdu, has a bar code, and describes a mole on his forehead that matched with his body," Lal added.
According to the card, whose details were accessed by HT, Farooq's age was 23 while his temporary address was Gulshan Iqbal (probably the name of the area where he lived), Tehsil Neemyar Khan, district Rahimyar Khan, Punjab province. The I-card cites Farooq's permanent address as well: "post office Sahi, tehsil Wajma, district Bahawalpur, Punjab province."
Incidentally, the card that describes his khandan (family) number as A/c2K9V, bears the name of Registrar (spelt as 'Registered') General of Pakistan as its issuing authority.
Confirming the details, Lal said: "Farooq name and that of his father in this card are similar to the details given in his Pakistani passport bearing his photograph."
Farooq's Pakistani passport, accessed by HT, showed that he had visited Kathmandu via Karachi twice and stayed for two months each time. The visas procured by him were issued by the Nepalese embassy in Pakistan -- on December 17, 2007 and May 6, 2008.
Farooq, according to the details of the passport, took flights to Kathmandu from Karachi on December 30, 2007, and May 26, 2008. "After reaching Nepal on May 26 last year, Farooq slipped into Uttar Pradesh, we are still trying to ascertain," Lal told HT.
The ATS team had also recovered two other allegedly fake identity cards bearing Farooq's photographs. One identified him as a student of a Delhi school.
The cards were suspected to have been "meant to be used to gain access to a patrolled spot," according to another senior ATS officer who spoke to HT, requesting anonymity as he is not authorized to talk to media.
"One seemingly fake I-card identified him as Rakesh (spelt as 'Rakash') Mehta, son of Ashok Mehta, and student of College of Agricultural Technology, district Parbhani in Maharashtra."
He added, "The second fake I-card had identified Farooq as Samir, son of Omkar Chaudhary, studying in a school located at New Usmanpur in Delhi." When asked, the officer said that school's management has denied that they had issued this card.