Gujarat Police on Thursday said Surat police’s Special Operations Group (SOG) arrested two persons for allegedly assisting an al Qaeda suspect in making a passport using fake documents.
“Syed Parvez, a driver and Sheikh Gulam Mohammad, a property dealer, were arrested late night by SOG after their names and signature appeared on documents used to obtain a passport seized from Zafar Masood, an al Qaeda suspect arrested by Delhi police Special Cell in December last year,” said SOG police inspector B M Katariya while talking to PTI.
Both are residents of Rander locality of Surat – the address on which the passport in question was obtained, Katariya said.
“Delhi Police had seized four passports from Zafar Masood, arrested from Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh for his alleged links with al Qaeda, one of which had an address of Rander locality in Surat,” Katariya said, adding that both the captured individuals are relatives and that they came in contact with Masood during the latter’s stay in the city in 2003.
The inspector further added, “Delhi Police contacted us, following which, we launched an investigation and found that Zafar Masood had got in touch with the duo during his stay in Surat during 2003. The duo obtained fake documents and put in their signatures for passport obtained by Masood.”
The SOG during its investigation found that the school leaving certificate and ration card used as documents for the passport were fake. “We have taken them on four-day remand and will question them and investigate the matter further to find out if any more persons are involved in it,” Kataria said to PTI.