Six held for using forged MoD sticker

 A routine check along the National Highway-2 near Burdwan in West Bengal led to the arrest of six people, who were travelling in a car bearing forged Ministry of Defence (MoD) sticker on Monday.

While they have been arrested on the charge of impersonation, security agencies are delving deeper to find if the men were involved in any anti-national activities.

The six men were arrested near Burdwan’s Jamalpur on the national highway when they failed to produce valid documents or any identity papers to prove they were actually employed with the Defence Ministry.  The car bore a sticker announcing “Ministry of Defence OFB-Kolkata” on both the front and back windshields. It was, however, not enough to satisfy the policemen on duty at the roadblock and they asked for identity cards, which the suspects failed to provide.

The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) comes under the Defence Ministry and is responsible for a number of factories manufacturing munitions across the country, all of which are high security and restricted zones. Althou

While state police officers are grilling the six men on their intentions behind using a forged OFB sticker on the vehicle, senior military intelligence officers are likely to interrogate them on Tuesday, sources said.

The six men have been identified as Shakir Ahmed, Salim Akhtar, Sheikh Irfan, Sheikh Ansaruddin, Abdul Akhtar and Sheikh Shahrukh. All of them are residents of Tiljala area in Kolkata, which has often come under suspicion of harbouring anti-national elements in its ghettos, many of which are inaccessible even to the police.

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