Yavatmal (Mah): Police have
arrested a junior clerk with the Yavatmal tehsil office on the
charge of issuing bogus ration cards to two Bangladeshi youths
for a bribe of Rs 2,000 apiece.
The ration cards were later proffered as supporting
documents to obtain passports, police said.
Nilesh Shirbhate, the clerk, was arrested yesterday and
and was remanded to police custody till January 20.
According to police sub-inspector Satish Patil, the
interrogation of two locals, arrested earlier, led to
"We have so far arrested three locals including the
tehsil clerk in this connection and earlier held one of the
Bangladeshi youths," Patil said and added that police
suspected that a few more employees of the tehsil office were
The matter came to light when the passport applications
of the two youths were forwarded to Wadgaon Road police
station for verification. Inquiry revealed that documents had
been forged. While one of the youths, Mohammad Faizal Mohd
Salam, was arrested, the other, whose name was not disclosed
by police, is absconding.
Besides, two locals namely, Sajid Ali Rehman Ali (27), a
resident of Kohinoor Society and Mohmad Zuber Mohd Sikhander
(41), a resident of Islampura, too surrendered before the
police on Monday, after High Court refused them anticipatory
bail. They are accused of helping the Bangladeshi youths.
The clerk had been suspended and departmental inquiry had
been started, said Yavatmal tehsildar, Rupesh Khandare.