Detective police have busted a fake office of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and arrested 10 members of a driving licence forgery gang in the capital.
With the help of some dishonest officials and employees of BRTA, the gang has issued nearly 500 real driving licences to their contracted people from the office.
Detectives nabbed the gangsters from the office and other places of the capital on Monday and Tuesday.
The arrested are LitonPaike, 40, SujonPaike, 29, Hasan Sheikh alias Akchan, 41, Mohammad Ali alias Mister, 51, Humayun Kabir, 38, Abdul Khalek, 31, Abdullah Roni, 23, Sohel Rana, 23, Mohammad Sohag, 23, and Nurnabi, 38.
“The gang also had links with 142 driving licence schools across the country,” said AKM Hafiz Akhter, additional commissioner (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, at a press briefing in the capital on Wednesday.
The arrestees and their accomplices made fake dope test and police verification certificates to prepare the driving licences.
Some 159 applications for driving licences, 15 applications of dope test, some seals and some other things were seized from them, he said, adding that the applications for driving licences have signatures of five officers of BRTA’s Dhaka Metro Circle-3 at Diabari in Turag.
The DB officer said they got information that a fake BRTA office was being operated on a house on Mazar Road, detective police conducted a raid there around 10:20pm on February 14 and arrested three gangsters.
According to the statement of the trio, the law enforcers hunted down seven others.
The gang provided real driveling licences of motorcycles and light, medium and heavy vehicles in exchange for Tk 10,000-12,000 each, said Hafiz Akhter.
“If anybody wants to get a driving licence, he or she needs dope test and police verification certificates. The arrestees made fake certificates. They placed the applications with the fake certificates to their contracted officers of Dhaka Metro Circle-3 office and the officers received the applications despite knowing the fact,” said the officer.
They made the applicants pass in written, mock and practical tests and finally gave driving licences, he said.
About the driving licence schools, he said they sent licence seekers to the fake BRTA office.
A case was filed against the arrestees with Darussalam Police Station, he said.
The senior police officer said they were trying to bring the dishonest officials of BRTA to book.
Razib Al Masud, deputy commissioner of DB Lalbagh Division, told the Daily Sun that the arrestees said they provided at least 500 real driving licences from the office.