Five persons who have been issuing Aadhar cards to applicants with fake documents in Bengaluru have landed in police custody. According to the police, they have been running the centre for the past three years and the police suspect that they must have issued at least a 100 Aadhar cards using fake documents.
The arrested include Mohan Kumar, owner of an Aadhaar card enrollment centre, his associates Devaraj, Pradeep Kumar, Megha Dutta and Srinivas Rathode, reports The Times of India.
The Yelahanka Town Police arrested the accused after filing an FIR based on a complaint filed by officers of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The accused were found to be charging between Rs 1000 and Rs 5000 for facilitating the issuance of the cards. Based on the complaint, the accused have been booked under various IPC Sections and sections of Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits, and Services) Act 2016.
The police nabbed the five accused by catching them red-handed offering to issue Aadhar card using fake documents. The police told TOI that their personnel in plainclothes visited the centre, posing as applicants. At the centre, the policemen were assured that they would get an Aadhar card despite not having original documents, for an amount of Rs. 5000.
ET Tech reports that Ashok Lenin, deputy director, UIDAI regional office, Bengaluru, has submitted a report in the case to the Deputy Director General Pronab Mohanty.
Earlier in May, after 3 Pakistan nationals living illegally in Bengaluru were traced, the police had found that they possessed identity cards including Aadhar. Subsequently, a doctor from Jayanagar government hospital was arrested for helping the three get an Aadhar card.
More recently, the Delhi police busted a fake Aadhar card racket, who made fake Aadhar cards without proper documents for Rs 200.