Five men were held in Dhaka, on Tuesday, for possessing a huge cache of fake BRTA documents
A large quantity of vehicles on Bangladesh's roads, are run by drivers using fake documents — including falsified driving licenses.
"A lot of the time, the drivers do not even know they are using fake documents," Abdul Baten, additional commissioner of the Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), said at a press briefing held at the DMP media centre, on Wednesday.
The press briefing was held after five people were arrested in Kafrul area of Dhaka, on Tuesday evening, for using fake Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) documents.
The arrestees are: Abdul Khaleq, 67; Anwarul Haque Shimul, 42; Abdul Jalil, 64; Abdur Rahim, 31; and Motaleb Hossain, 58.
DB recovered a huge cache of fake BRTA documents from the culprits, who are reportedly members of a ring that has been responsible for creating fake documents for the last 12 years.
"The ring prepares these documents almost perfectly," Baten said. "It is hard to differentiate, and thus confiscate, the false papers. Since DMP is well-trained, it is easier for them to detect the counterfeits; it is much harder in places outside of Dhaka."
In a few cases, the drivers of vehicles—using the fake papers—in district towns, saw their documents seized and sent to Dhaka for verification, Baten said.
BRTA must be more cautious about these fake papers, the DMP additional commissioner said. "The tendency to use fake documents is increasing due to the long time period needed to obtain them from the government agency."
He added: "A lot of the time, these rings dupe their customers into believing they are receiving original documents. Since it is relatively easier to obtain these papers and they are processed more quickly, people naturally turn to these rings to get their registration, or license documents."
During primary interrogation, DB got to know that the ring acts like a one-stop service. "They forge all kinds of documents, including fitness papers and registration number plates, at a small cost. All documents require Tk5,000-6,000."
Among the arrestees, Shimul and Jalil had been arrested before, on the same charges.
A case has been filed against them, the DMP additional commissioner said. "We are investigating the matter and trying to determine the others involved in the ring."