Vastavam web: With the arrest of four persons, Thane police in Maharashtra today claimed to have busted a gang which sold fake certificates needed for jobs in Merchant Navy. Acting on a tip-off, police arrested Abdulla Manlupathad Hakim (42), Vijayan Gopal Pillai (55) and Alim Mohaddin Moosa (60) in Naupada area here on August 1 and seized fake Continuous Discharge Certificates (CDCs).
CDS certifies that the person holding it is a seaman as per the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers. The accused had floated a tourism company at Bhandup in Mumbai through which they operated, said Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh. A case under IPC sections 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery) and other relevant sections was registered.