BENGALURU: The probe into the antecedents of three Pakistani citizens who were caught living in India using fake documents may take detectives to Karachi, Qatar and other places they visited or lived in before coming to India.
The three were caught when the Bengaluru police raided a house in Kumaraswamy Layout on May 25. They were found to have fake papers, including Aadhaar cards, obtained on the basis of documents attested by officials of a government hospital in Jayanagar.
The three Pakistani nationals were found in the company of a young man from Kerala, Mohammed Shihab. One of them was his Pakistani wife Sameera alias Nazma (25). The other two were her cousin Khasif Shamshuddin (31) and his wife Kiron Ghulam Ali (25).
Bengaluru police commissioner Praveen Sood said on Tuesday several agencies from the centre and the state have conducted investigations into their past.
These included the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Intelligence Bureau (IB), State Intelligence, Military Intelligence and National Investigations Agency (NIA).
Sameera is reported to have said that they fled Pakistan as her family was against her marriage to Shihab. Khasif Shamshuddin and Kiron Ghulam Ali cited a similar reason for coming to India.
The Crime Branch of the Bengaluru police has so far found found that the trio arrived in Bengaluru via Qatar and Nepal. So far no terror links have emerged, an investigator said, but they allegedly made several calls to Karachi during their stay in India.
"If necessary, a team will be sent to Karachi and other places where the suspects stayed before reaching India," the officer said.
A week after the Pakistani trio were taken in, the two officers who attested their papers, Dr C S Nagalaxmamma and T H Ravikumar of a government hospital in Jayanagar, were arrested.