Pune, 29 April 2021: The officials from the Crime Branch of Pune city police have arrested a man for allegedly cheating people by selling fake e-passes for inter-district travel. He sold over 50 such passes for Rs 800 each, police said.
Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the Maharashtra government has restricted traveling amidst lockdown and people with the e-passes only can travel to other districts for emergencies.
On 28/04/2021, Police Sub Inspector Shridhar Khadke of the Social Security Cell, Crime Branch, received a tip-off that a man was selling fake e-passes in the Hadapsar area. Accordingly, a trap was laid and a decoy was sent to the accused Dhanaji Muralidhar Ganganamle (29) of Bhekrai Nagar, Fursungi. The accused lives at home and makes the fake e-passes on his mobile and laptop.
After the information was verified, the accused was arrested. A case under sections 420 (cheating), 465 (punishment for forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using forged document as genuine), 484 (counterfeiting) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against the accused at Hadapsar police station.
The action was taken under the guidance of Commissioner of Police Amitabh Gupta, Joint Commissioner of Police Dr Ravindra Shiswe, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ashok Morale, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Srinivas Ghadge and Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime 1) Surendranath Deshmukh.
The team included Police Inspector Shilpa Chavan, Assistant Police Inspector Zubair Mujawar, PSI Shridhar Khadke, and police personnel Irfan Pathan, Nilam Shinde, Pushpendra Chavan, Maggie Jadhav, Ganesh Patole, Pramod Mohite and Ganesh Dhage.