Two more arrested in fake CDS case

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Mumbai, Oct 7 (UNI) City police have arrested two suspects of a gang, allegedly involved in making and selling fake Continuous Discharge Certificates (CDCs), compulsory for seamen to board ships.

A CDC contains all personal details of a seaman as well as details of his last job and the last ship he served. The certificate is issued by the Director-General of Shipping, Government of India, and counter-signed by the National Union of Seafarers.

About 10 days ago, the Yellow Gate Police busted a gang which was involved in making and selling forged CDCs. Five alleged members of the gang were arrested. They were selling CDCs ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 50,000. However, those arrested disclosed to police during interrogation that the mastermind was someone else and he was at large. The police were on his trail.

Sunil Pawar, one of the two accused arrested from Ulhasnagar yesterday, had allagedly masterminded the entire racket. His associate Sayaji Sharma was arrested from Byculla in south Mumbai.

The police have seized laptops, scanners, blank CDC forms and printers from their instance costing Rs five lakh.

The accused were later produced before the court and remanded to police custody till October 13.


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