A 32-year-old man from West Bengal has been arrested for submitting fake certificates in order to obtain a passport. While verifying the papers, police discovered that his Board mark sheet said he scored 79 per cent in the Marathi language paper, but in reality, he couldn’t speak a word of it.
Sumitra Chakraborty (left) and Bhupesh Surti, the agent, have been arrested by the Charkop Police. Cops raided Surti’s house in Madh and seized duplicate rubber stamps and papers
The accused has been identified as Sumitra Chakraborty (32), who stays at Bhoomi Park society, Kandivli (West) and runs a Chinese restaurant in Malad (West). Cops also arrested his agent, Bhupesh Surti, who had allegedly falsified the documents for Chakraborty, and seized duplicate rubber stamps and papers from his house after raiding it.
According to police officials, Chakraborty came to the city from West Bengal five years ago and set up his restaurant in Malad. As his business grew, he decided to stay in Mumbai, and acquire a passport from here.
A month ago, he met Surti, who resides at Patelwadi near INS Hamla in Madh. Surti promised him that he’d provide him with a passport, but for that they’d have to make duplicate school leaving and birth certificates, a fake Board mark sheet and other relevant documents.
A police official said, “Surti charged Chakraborty Rs 7,000 per counterfeit document, and submitted all the bogus papers to Kandivli-based Charkop police station for verification.” During verification, when the police saw that Chakraborty, a Bengali, had scored 79 marks out of 100 in Marathi, they asked him to speak in Marathi with them. And Chakraborty told them that he couldn’t speak the language as he had forgotten it.
Suspecting something amiss, cops crosschecked the certificate with the school and found it to be false. On Saturday, they arrested Chakraborty as well as Surti, under Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Passport Act. Police suspect that Surti has been running a racket of making duplicate passports for the last five years.