Fake PRC racket busted, 2 held

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 8: Police today unearthed a major racket engaged in making fake Permanent Resident Certificates (PRCs) with the arrest of two accused including a retired Revenue official and an ex-serviceman while a serving Irrigation Department Patwari was absconding.
Twenty nine fake PRC, seven files for making State Subjects, 16 blank forms and some other material has been recovered from the possession of accused. Police have reports many more fake PRCs had been made by the accused, which would be recovered during the ongoing investigations.
Addressing a press conference at Bishnah police station, SP Headquarters Shailender Singh along with SDPO RS Pura SS Samyal and SHO Bishnah Jai Pal Sharma said Himmat Singh son of Lakshman Singh R/o village Ratnal, Bishnah, a retired Girdawar was arrested on a specific information that he along with other accused was engaged in making illegal PRCs using fake stamps and other documents of the Revenue officers.
Himmat Singh had 30 years of service in Bishnah area including 15 years in one Patwar of Rial. He had started illegal business of making fake PRCs during his service tenure and continued with it even after retirement.
Police recovered two fake PRCs from his possession. He was subjected to interrogation during which he disclosed identity of his accomplices including Dev Raj son of Sanji Ram R/o Bishnah and Romesh Lal son of Hans Raj R/o Chak Majra, Bishnah.
While Dev Raj was an ex-serviceman and ex-Councillor of Bishnah Municipality, Romesh Lal was serving as Patwari in Irrrigation Department.
Police arrested Dev Raj and recovered 27 fake PRCs from his possession, seven files for making fake PRCs and 16 blank forms.
Police conducted raids for Romesh Lal but he had gone underground. Police said some more fake PRCs besides stamps and other material used for making fake State Subjects were lying with Romesh Lal for whom police have launched a manhunt.
Some more accused including Government officials were involved in making fake PRCs, sources said, adding that Himmat Singh and Dev Raj were being questioned to identify and apprehend them.
The accused had been charging Rs 3000 to Rs 5000 per person for making fake State Subject.
Police said most of the fake State Subjects had been issued to natives of Bishnah and surrounding areas.
A case against the accused has been registered at Bishnah police station under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 RPC for further investigations, which have been assigned to SHO Bishnah Jai Pal Sharma.