Assam Police arrested seven persons for forging signature of chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to get a government contract.
According to the police, on September 8 an FIR was received from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) which stated that a note had been given to chief engineer (PHE) for work to be allotted in the name of one Lohit Construction, with a forged signature of the chief minister.
Accordingly, a case was registered at Dispur police station and investigated upon. Within a few hours, Assam Police picked up four persons connected to Lohit Construction. They were thoroughly examined and later were arrested.
The arrested four persons were identified as Binit Poddar, Dipjyoti Dutta, Jaimini Mohan and Pankaj Gogoi.
During interrogation, they revealed that they had come in contact with one Imran Sha Chaudhary through the brother-in-law of Jaimini Mohan. The said Imran Sha Chaudhary, kingpin of the crime, claimed that it was very easy for him to get them a contract in the Assam PHE department through the CMO directly, but he would take 3 per cent as commission.
Imran Sha Chaudhary assured of getting them two contracts worth Rs 3.16 crore, and thus demanded Rs 9 lakh as commission.
Binit Poddar and Dipjyoti Dutta managed to collect Rs 9 lakh from friends and family and delivered it to Imran Sha Chaudhary who gave them the forged paper, which they finally submitted to the chief engineer, Assam PHE department.
Police investigation revealed that Imran Sha Chaudhary and one Rajib Kalita escaped to Delhi immediately after they came to know about the FIR.
A team of Guwahati Police went immediately to New Delhi and tracked the accused persons, who were regularly changing their locations to escape from the police.
Imran Sha Chaudhary created the forged document with the help of three other persons namely Dilip Das alias Rubu from Khanapara area in Guwahati, Anupam Chaudhary from Hengerabari area and Prakash Basumatary from Kajolgaon area.
They scanned an actual signature of the Assam CM to create the forged document in the shop of one Naba Roy.
They gave the forged document to Imran Sha Chaudhary and received 1 per cent commission which was Rs 3 lakh. Rs 1 lakh each was distributed among Dilip Das alias Rubu, Anupam Chaudhary and Prakash Basumatary.
On September 11, Rajib Kalita was arrested by Guwahati Police at LGBI airport on arrival from Delhi. Dilip Das alias Rubu was arrested by Guwahati Police on the same day and examined thoroughly.
On September 12, Imran Sha Chaudhary was arrested by the Guwahati Police team in New Delhi with the cooperation of Delhi Police. He is in the process of being brought to Guwahati.
The shop owner Naba Roy has also been picked up by the police on September 13.
Two accused persons – Anupam Chaudhary and Prakash Basumatary – are absconding and search operations are on, police said.