Faking it for food: One arrested for selling fake IDP registration cards

Nearly 18 people held over the past few days for illegally taking ration meant for IDPs.


Our Correspondent July 01, 2014

BANNU: In a crackdown against people selling fake internally displaced persons (IDP) registration cards, the police arrested one man from Bakka Khel, Bannu on Tuesday and seized hundreds of counterfeit cards.

Based on intelligence information, the police arrested Feroz Khan, a resident of Bakka Khel, and seized over 300 fake IDP cards from him.

According to Jalil Khan, a policeman at the Bakka Khel check post, the accused admitted during interrogation that he had been selling these cards to residents of Bannu for Rs3,000 each.

He has sold the cards to nearly 100 people who will attempt to collect rations from points set up for IDPs from North Waziristan.

A case has been filed against him and further investigation is under way, added Jalil.

Local police had received several complaints from residents about people pretending to be IDPs and collecting rations using fake registration cards, added Jalil. Following this, the police launched a crackdown against the suspects and have arrested nearly 18 people in the past few days, said Jalil.

On Saturday, seven men were arrested after they were spotted standing in IDP queues to collect rations from Ziyad Akram Khan Sports Complex.

On Sunday, seven more were arrested in the same manner.

They identified shops where they then bought the cards.

Later, police raided five shops in Bannu and arrested five shopkeepers, seizing 300 cards.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2014.

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