Several syndicates are making and selling fake documents and number plates of vehicles in the capital, sources in Detective Branch (DB) and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) said.
They said despite continuous drives against such gangs, many of their members are involved in those illegal activities.The gangs are making fake documents, including route permit, fitness certificate, registration certificate, tax token and digital driving licence.
Sources said many of the racket members are committing crimes introducing themselves as officials and employees of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).
The syndicates have relations with vehicle snatchers and lifters who normally collect vehicle papers and number plates from the rackets.
A number of gang members have been making and selling the fake documents even for the last 10 years.
Although the law enforcers arrested many of the rackets and busted their fake papers and plates making factories at various parts of the city, the criminals have returned to their old jobs after bail for making a quick buck.
DB sources said many vehicles, including private cars, are plying the roads with the number plates and papers collected from the rackets.A team of DB South led by additional deputy commissioner Khandaker Rabiul Arafat nabbed two members of a gang from a house on Madrasa Road at Kazipara in Kafrul on June 26. The gang was involved in making fake digital number plates of vehicles.
The arrestees are Mohammad Mamun, 30, and Rony, 28. An iron dice of making fake digital number plates, iron made letters and number of plates, silver seats, a plate seat cutting machine and other things were recovered from them.
During primary interrogation, the arrestees said that they had been making digital number plates of private car, microbus, CNG-run auto and motorcycle and selling for a long time.
Motijheel police held two vehicle lifters from Mohammadnagar at Phulbari in Mymensingh on June 25 and recovered a bus they lifted from Kamalapur in the capital on June 23.
Police said the bus lifters were trying to install a fake number plate on the bus.
On May 7, a team of DB arrested five members of such a gang from Kafrul. About 150 digital number plates were recovered from them.
The members of the racket introducing themselves as officials of BRTA provided the plates, fake route permit forms, route permits, registration certificates, fitness certificates, tax tokens, insurance forms, insurance stamp stickers and document-receiving slips.
They mainly arrange number plates and documents for the snatched and stolen cars.
RAB sources said a gang in Demra is involved in forging digital driving licences.
The elite force arrested some members of the gang.