Man forges papers to get ration card for Bangladeshi wife, held

Police say Mukadam paid Rs 300 to an 'agent' for the job.

Pune police on Wednesday arrested a man who allegedly got his Bangladeshi wife's name included in his ration card by forging documents and paying Rs 300 to an 'agent'.

Police said accused Ashraf Abbas Mukadam (31) of Raviwar Peth was also preparing to get an Aadhaar card for her.

In December 2012, the Bangladeshi woman was arrested by the Khadak police, allegedly from a brothel, under relevant Sections of the Foreigners Act and the Passport Act. She had then said she was forced into prostitution. The woman is currently out on bail.

"We have seized a photocopy of their ration card, nikahnama and the receipt of the woman's Aadhaar card application," said police sub inspector P M Shintre, adding that the woman came to India in 2008.

"She was dragged into a prostitution racket at Budhwar Peth. Mukadam, a native of Kondhwa, met her at a brothel here and married her in 2011," said Shintre.

Mukadam was produced before the magistrate court Wednesday. Assistant sub-prosecutor Rajani Tehsildar sought Mukadam's police custody to probe the role of the ration department authorities and "agents".

The defence counsel argued that the ration card was issued by ration authorities and no forged documents were prepared. Police told the court that the ration department officer concerned claimed that they had not added the woman's name in Mukadam's ration card.

Judicial magistrate (first class) R S Pajankar remanded Mukadam in police custody till Friday.

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