Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Man held for fictional address on passport

Ahmedabad: A 29-year-old man was stopped at the immigration counter at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata on April 1. He spoke in a Bangla dialect typical of the neighbouring Bangladesh, but he carried a valid passport issued to him on the Vatva Garib Awas Yojana (EWS housing) address in Ahmedabad. His file at the Ahmedabad passport office shows that his police verification is complete and that he has a clearance certificate.
Akash Gaus Shaikh revealed to police that he had procured all relevant identity documents for obtaining a passport from Ahmedabad. The only problem was that the flat number ‘1506’ in block number 27 at Vatva EWS housing, mentioned in his address, did not exist. “The police verification and identity document issuing processes have to be reviewed,” said a senior police official in the special operations group. “This lapse may have serious consequences in the future.”
Shaikh had travelled to Dubai and was planning to move to a European country after visiting Bangladesh, the official said. “We are investigating how Shaikh procured Aadhaar and election cards and other documents. He is not the only case of this nature,” he said.
10/04/19 Times of India