The Ernakulam rural police have busted a racket issuing fake RT-PCR negative certificates and arrested one person.
The man was identified as Sajit Mondal, a native of Murshidabad. The police have recovered four laptops and Rs 8 lakh.
According to the police, the accused has been running a shop in Muvattupuzha that offered online ticket booking and other services.
To enter states like West Bengal a negative RT-PCR certificate is mandatory. The shop issued such certificates bearing names of labs and hospitals based in the Ernakulam and Kottayam districts.
The police took action after complaints from a hospital.
Mondal has been arrested under Sections 269, 465, 469 of the Indian Penal Code — these are sections that deal with negligent acts and forgery.
The police have also recovered copies of fake identity cards bearing names of people belonging to other states.