The Army has filed a complaint against unidentified persons at the Dindoshi police station, on Monday, for allegedly submitting a forged no-objection certificate (NOC) to the civic body granting permission to access the restricted area outside Central Ordnance Depot (COD) at Malad (East).
The police say, the restricted area in the case is a 10-metre patch near COD’s compound wall and is usually used for patrolling by Army personnel.
“A forged NOC letter with a senior army officer’s signature recently reached the municipal corporation granting permission to allow usage of the restricted area for common people,” said VM Kakade, senior inspector at the Dindoshi police station. “The FIR was registered last week under IPC Sections 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 420 (cheating) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) against unidentified persons by the Army,” added Kakade.
Sources said the accused wanted a passage through the land, but the army had refused to give it following which, the accused forged a notarised NOC. An officer of the rank of a lieutenant general had signed the NOC. When the matter came to the notice of the army, a probe was ordered where they discovered that the lieutenant general (whose sign was on the document) did not exist.
“There were some discrepancies that came to light. When the army investigated it, they found out the fraud and registered an FIR,” said Captain Manohar Nambiar, chief public relations officer, Ministry of Defence, Mumbai.