Deoband: There is a sort of trepidation among many people in Deoband, famed for the biggest Muslim institution of highest religious learning in the Indian Sub-Continent. Reports are doing the rounds that a large number of passports issued in the area will have to undergo a fresh round of security check.
Reports suggest that due to a few arrests of alleged Bangladeshi nationals from the locality, authorities have decided to undertake security check of the passport holders afresh. This fresh security check for the passport issued is limited to Deoband and surrounding areas.
Latest reports suggest that the authenticity of the passport and security check of the passport holders is not just limited to people living in mainly Muslim majority Deoband town of Saharanpur district. Foreign students studying in Darul Uloom, Deoband and Darul Uloom Waqf may also have to undergo this stringent security check yet again. Reports suggest that authorities have decided to check the authenticity of the passport and travel documents besides their supportive documents and educational anecdotes.
It is said that passports of several people arrested from the area have proved to be counterfeit. Following the arrests, ATS and Police officials have launched a special drive to find out whether the passports were original or counterfeit. Under the new development ATS sleuths and police officials will be visiting the homes of passport holders and verify whether the passports were genuine or counterfeit.
Officials are saying that one aspect of the latest campaign is also to find out the people who are trying to defame the city by getting hold of counterfeit passports. Security agencies have kept very close watch over the area, especially since the arrest of a youth, Sandip Sharma, who was attached to the banned terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.
But there is some apprehension among the common people, who believe that this is a needless exercise and that this may give trouble to common people and give an opportunity to corrupt police officials to trouble and fleece local people. There is apprehension that police may wittingly trouble some people of the area.