Many criminals are now managing to get passports by using fake addresses to evade arrest by law enforcers and keep continuing acts of crime, intelligence sources said.
A section of employees of the Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP) and police officers is helping criminals to get such passports in exchange for money, an official concerned said.Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) arrested one Nasir Uddin Parvez from Turag in Gazipur on September 4 for obtaining a passport by using fake address.
Nasis is an inhabitant of Tangail but he used Pabna as his home district in the passport, PBI sources said.
He told the police that Sumon, a Pabna passport office employee, and two others --Saidul Islam and Abdur Rob -- helped him to get the passport in March in return for Tk 1.5 lakh.
It was the second passport of Parvez. Using the passport, he visited Singapore several times and committed various crimes such as smuggling of gold into the country.
On the basis of his information, police detained Saidul and Rob from Banagram Bazar at Ataikula upazila in Pabna on September 5 with seven fake passports.
An official of an intelligence agency said one can manage passports by using the name and address of other persons and in such cases, birth registration is used instead of NID.Many passports are issued before police verification and in many cases, police verification reports are not sought by the passport authorities, he said. All these happen in exchange for money, the official added.
Syndicate members collect copies of the submitted passport forms and then they, introducing themselves as Special Branch (SB) officers, contact passport seekers over phone asking for money for verification, the officer he
Law enforcers arrested a fake SB officer, who was involved in such illegal practice, a few days back, a senior police officer said.
DIP sources said one can get passport by using the name and address of other person. After scrutiny of passport form, the official concerned stamps on photo on the form and put his signature on it.
Later, the photo is changed and thus one can manage to get a passport in another’s name.
Intelligence sources said many use birth registration numbers despite having NIDs aiming to show his age under 18 that helps him get benefits in different countries.
A senior woman police officer told the daily sun that police verification is sought only for ordinary passports. But the passport authorities can issue a passport without police report.
But in absence of police verification, criminals, particularly militants, may get passports, she added.
A Neo-JMB financier died after jumping from roof-top of a building at Ashulia during a RAB raid on October 8, 2016. He was carrying a passport with fake name and address.
The elite force came to know that the passport was issued in the name of one Abdur Rahman. But the name and other information on the passport were fake.
In reply to a question, she said some police officers take some money from passport seekers during verification as no conveyance is given to them for the purpose.
“Even after that, we ask them not to take any penne from any passport seekers. If anyone lodges written complaint, we take action after investigation,” the officer said.
Despite several attempts, this correspondent failed to contact director general of Department of Immigration and Passport Maj Gen Md Masud Rezwan.
A DIP officer said as there are over 10 lakh Rohingyas in our country, we do not issue passport without police verification.
When asked as to whether submitted passport forms are given to any outsiders, he denied the allegation.