Officials of Panchlaish Passport Office in port city yesterday foiled another bid by a Rohingya youth to get a Bangladeshi passport through submitting fake documents.
The officials detained and handed him over to Panchlaish Police Station. The arrestee is Mohammad Shah, 20, said police.
On Tuesday, a Rohingya youth and Bangladeshi broker were arrested over similar charges.
Masum Hasan, deputy director of Panchlaish Passport Office, told The Daily Star, “The Rohingya youth applied for an emergency passport introducing him as a resident of port city’s Sulakbahar area.”
“While he was submitting his documents, officials challenged him and eventually found that the documents were forged. There was a broker with him, who managed to flee,” he added.
To avoid suspicion, the youth submitted a citizenship certificate, signed by Sulakbahar ward councillor, a birth certificate mentioning his village home in Satkania upazila and a copy of utility bill, said the deputy director.
“He got caught when his fingerprints matched the one in the Rohingya database,” said Masum.
Talking to The Daily Star at the passport office, Mohammad Shah said he hailed from Teknaf. “I contacted a broker at the passport office. He prepared all the documents and charged me Tk 9,000 for that.”
According to the Rohingya database, Mohammed Shah’s reference Id is 10120171115135418.
Inspector (investigation) Md Shahadat Hossain of Panchlaish Police Station said a case was filed in this regard.
In last few months, Rohingyas being detained with Bangladeshi passports and NID cards have been hogging the headlines. Law enforcers said Rohingyas managed NID cards and passports with the help of some local agents in exchange of a huge amount of money.