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Passport racket busted in Srinagar

Passport racket busted in Srinagar

Author: M Saleem Pandit
Publication: The Times of India
Date: December 17, 2002
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/comp/articleshow?artid=31600113

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday busted a fake passport racket and arrested four employees of the Srinagar Passport Office.

The CBI had received a surfeit of complaints since the Srinagar Passport Office was reopened in 1997, sources in the agency said. The office had been closed down in 1990 after the spurt in militancy in the state.

The arrested have been identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad, Nisar Ahmad, Showkat Ahmad and Mustaq Ahmad. While Imtiyaz and Nisar were on deputation from the state government, Showkat Baba is an employee of the external affairs ministry and Mustaq Ahmad a daily-wager.

The passport office, headed by home ministry official John S Shilshi, has on its rolls 17 daily-wagers, along with two permanent officials from the external affairs ministry.

A source in the CBI said former passport officer Bashir Ahmad Zargar was charged with issuing fake passports to even foreign militants.

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