Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) of UP police has arrested two men who are suspected to have helped a Pakistani emissary in getting passport and driving licence using fake papers.
Identified as Mohd Arshad alias Arshu and Chaand, they were nabbed from the old city area of Lucknow on charges of aiding Syed Amir Ali (36), who was arrested earlier on Saturday at Delhi’s IGI airport.
Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) A K Jain was quoted as saying by PTI that the two accused were touts, who prepared fake papers including address proof, which were used by Ali, alias Jabbar to obtain the passport and other documents, including a driving licence. He said that both of them are being quizzed.
According to a senior police officer in Delhi, a joint team of Delhi Police’s Special Cell and UP’s ATS arrested them. Some reports said that a third arrest has also been made but police have not confirmed it.
The Delhi police official said that the seized passport was issued under the name of ‘Syed Amir Ali’, but the licence was in the name of ‘S A Ali’.
Reports said that investigators are probing whether Arshad had bribed passport and transport department officials to get these documents for Ali.
Ali, who the police says hails from Karachi, was caught while trying to board a flight to Damman in Saudi Arabia allegedly using the fake passport he procured from Lucknow, where he stayed between 2005 and 2006.