MUMBAI: The city crime branch have two persons including a tour operator who used to forge the Thane police’s interstate E travel passes and used to dupe people.
The crime came to light after the Kolhapur police recently alerted the Mumbai police regarding fake passes scam.
Crime branch unit I on Wednesday arrested Vikash Narayan Mahajan (27) and Anil Sheshrao Yashwante (34) and have seized the computer and their mobile phones using which the accused had forged the barcode of the Thane police’s E passes.
Police have booked them under the IPC sections of cheating, forgery , breach of trust and information technology act.
“On May 19 during the nakabandhi in Kolhapur the local police stopped three vehicles and checked their travel passes. It came to light that there were 15 to 16 members of three families from Parel who were travelling in three different cars with E passes,” said Vinayak Maher, senior inspector of unit 1.
The passes were issued by Thane police though these families stayed in the jurisdiction of Mumbai. This raised suspicion and they took the copies of the passes and send to Mumbai and Thane check them. The Thane police denied issuing any such passes after the matter came to the Mumbai crime branch, said Shabdi Umap deputy commissioner of police (crime). When police tried to open the bar code of the passes it failed to open and than inquired further to learn the three families had used the services of tour operator Vikash Mahajan from Parel. “Mahajan has not only promised them a sure epasses but also provided them three cars with driver for which he charged Ra 15,000 per car,” said Inspector Meher. During the interrogation accused Mahajan told police that he has so far sent five more families to interstate travel forging the bar codes of original epasses of Thane police. Police are now inquiring further.