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Three held in fake academic certificate racket

Mohammed Roshan (42), Mohd Rafeeq Mohiuddin (41) and Syed Rafi Ahmed (32)

Certificate forgery : Three persons, including two principals of private schools, were caught by the Commissioner’s Task Force from the old city for allegedly preparing and supplying fake certificates of various examination boards and universities.

The accused were identified as Mohammed Roshan (42), head master of Polite School and Crescent High School in Tadban; Mohd Rafeeq Mohiuddin (41), head master of Sun Shine High School Suleimannagar and incharge of Bilal Model School in Kalapather; and Syed Rafi Ahmed (32), a hotel worker. One person, Mohd Habeebad:, who runs Alif Overseas Consultancy at Malakpet, is at large.

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Roshan and Rafeeq, both friends, had contacts with some students who failed the SSC examination, DCP Task Force P Radha Kishan Rao said. The duo hatched a plan to provide fake academic certificates to such students in lieu of money. They supplied fake certificates of National Institute of Open Schooling.

Certificate faking fine

“They charged between Rs 30,000 and Rs 40,000 from each candidate and purchased the certificates for Rs 10,000 each from Habeeb of Alif Overseas Consultancy.

The gang, in order to hoodwink the students, created a website, Whenever the candidates expressed doubts over the certificate, they asked them to login to the website and see the result,” said the DCP. He added that they provided the certificates without conducting the examination.

Acting on a tipoff, the police caught the gang when they were handing over certificates to one Syed Rafi Ahmed, a hotel worker.

The police seized 56 certificates of Senior Secondary Examination, Degree certificates of Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, Kanpur; and Board of Intermediate Education.

Cash of Rs 30,000 was also seized from them. The accused along with the property were handed over to the Bahadurpura police station for further action.

Cop’s warning to students

The Hyderabad police appealed to students to be cautious of gangs who cheat people using fake certificates. “Do not believe any agent/mediator who makes false promise of helping clear an examination without actually attending it,” DCP Task Force P Radha Kishan Rao said.

He said candidates can check the details of the open school results or certificates by verifying these on, and not the fake website created by conmen. The DCP appealed to the public to inform the police about any such fake certificates racket.

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