Six arrested in Kashmir fake stamp case

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Srinagar, Oct 17 (UNI) The Jammu and Kashmir Police today claimed to have arrested six people in the fake stamp paper case, the first of its kind in the state and next after the Telgi scam.

Inspector General of Police, (Crime and Railways), Dilbagh Singh told a news conference here that the crime branch had received two complaints from different courts in which it was alleged that during registration of instruments (sale deeds) pertaining to the transfer of land and other immovable property, stamp duty worth thousand of rupees in the denomination of Rs 1000 annexed with these was suspected to be fake.

Subsequently, two separate cases under section 420, 258, 259, 260, 467, 468, 471 Ranbir Penal Code were registered with the crime branch, he added.

Accordingly, different teams of crime branch were formed for conducting investigation on war footing basis, the IGP said.

During investigations, all the suspected places were raided and many people rounded up, he added.

During sustained interrogation, it was revealed that fake stamp papers worth lakhs of rupees had been dumped by the accused in south Kashmir district of Anantnag, from where these were supplied to various vendors in Anantnag, Srinagar and Ganderbal, Mr Singh said.

On the basis of disclosures made by the accused, he said fake stamp papers worth about Rs 20 lakh were seized from different places in Anantnag district.

During the raids, machines, including computers, laser colour printers and other related things, used for preparation of fake stamp papers were also seized, the IGP added.

During investigations, it was found that two yet to be identified outsiders were providing water marked plain papers prepared with some chemical to the accused -- Khursheed Ahmed and Javed Ahmed -- who converted them into fake stamp papers of Rs 1000 denomination in Anantnag by using a highly sophisticated laser colour printer.

The two then used to supply these fake stamp papers to other accused -- Fayaz Ahmed -- who had developed close contacts with different stamp vendors at the Saddar Court Complex in Srinagar.

The IGP said Fayaz then used to circulate the fake stamp papers to vendors. The crime branch has also arrested three such stamp vendors - Syed Showkat, Gazanfar and Khazir Mohammad, he added.

''Most of the accused are behind the bars now. Efforts are on to nab their other associates,'' Mr Singh said.


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