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3 held for making fake contractor registration cards

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Jammu: The Crime Branch of police has busted a gang involved in making fake contractor registration cards and arrested three of its members, officials said on Friday.

A written complaint was filed in Crime Branch Jammu by contractors of district Doda through Shadi Lal and Lal Din, alleging that the accused had managed to get fake registration cards from the office of the Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control department Kashmir to grab government money and there is a gang of criminals who are making such type of fake documents, they said.

Acting on the complaint, the Crime Branch started investigating the case which led to the busting of a gang involved in making fake contractor registration cards, the officials said.

In a series of raids conducted in Jammu, Banihal, Doda in the Jammu province and a few towns of Anantnag district in Kashmir province, three accused persons — Nazir Ahmed Zargar, Ghulam Mohammad Shah and Peer Mukhtiar Ahmed — were arrested, they said.

They were involved in a criminal conspiracy with authorities concerned in making fake contractor registration cards to use them as genuine and subsequently participating in allotment of contracts for construction in government departments to grab money through fraudulent means from the public exchequer, the officials said.

The searches were simultaneously also conducted at their hideouts at different places in Jammu, Ramban, Banihal, Doda and Anantnag and incriminating documents and other material were seized, they added.

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