The Agripada police have arrested three persons engaged in processing fake Aadhar and voter identity cards during a raid in Byculla on Saturday, and they believe this might be part of a larger racket in such fake identity cards.
The police said they have seized some fake Aadhar and election cards, registration receipts, 23 photographs of various people, iris and fingerprint scanners used for biometric registration during the raid at a shop at Sakina Manzil on GH Parulekar Marg.
They gave the names of the three persons arrested as Dilnawaz Mohammad Jamil Sheikh, 24, a resident of JJ Marg, Tariq Anwar Mohammad Hanif Khan, 40, from Mumbra and Qurban Ali Shamim Ahmed Shah, 26, who resides at Sakina Manzil.
They have been charged under sections 465, 466, 468, 474, 34 of the Indian Penal Code and section 65 of the Information Technology Act which concern punishment for forgery of official records.
"We are investigating on whose instance these bogus documents were being prepared and to whom the cards were to be distributed. We suspect this is a big racket and we could find some others who are involved," said an officer of the Agripada police station.
The police said they conducted the raid a little after 8pm, after they received information about the activity.
"Dilnawaz was using a laptop, while Tariq was working on the retina scanner and Qurban was using the fingerprint machine. The fake election cards and Aadhar cards had the names of different people and there were various photographs scattered around," the police officer said.
Three of the election cards had different names but bore a similar number (ZHS 4001377). "When we asked them (the three accused) about this, they could not give us a satisfactory explanation," the policeman said.