Two persons were arrested by sleuths of Surat police’s Special Operations Group (SOG) in Surat for allegedly assisting an al Qaeda suspect in making a passport using fake documents.

Syed Parvez and Sheikh Gulam Mohammad 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.By profession Mr Parvez is a driver, while Mr Ghulam Mohammad is a property dealer. Both are residents of Rander locality of Surat – the address on which the passport in question was obtained.

The duo had come in contact with Mr Masood during the latter’s stay in the city in 2003, according to SOG police inspector B M Katariya:

“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 were found to having 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, with Inspector B M Katariya adding:

“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.”

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