Aadhaar centre owner, 4 others held for issuing cards against fake documents

BENGALURU: Yelahanka New Town police have arrested five persons, including a woman, for allegedly facilitating issuance of Aadhaar cards to applicants using forged documents.

Mohan Kumar, owner of an Aadhaar card enrolement centre in A Sector, Yelahanka New Town, his associates Devaraj, Pradeep Kumar, Megha Dutta and Srinivas Rathode, all residents of the same area, allegedly issued Aadhaar cards for Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 apiece, police said.

According to police, Devaraj would pose as a gazetted officer and assure applicants that he’d get them an Aadhaar card without valid documents. “People had alerted police saying the five are charging anywhere between Rs 1,000 and Rs 5,000 to issue an Aadhaar card. Our men in plain clothes went to the accused and said they didn’t have any valid documents but needed Aadhaar cards. The accused said they’d get the Aadhaar cards, but it would cost around Rs 5,000 per person,” police said.

According to investigating officers, Mohan Kumar had issued more than 100 Aadhaar cards without any valid documents. “He has been running the centre for over three years and we suspect he has issued at least 100 such cards against fake and forged documents,” they pointedout.

Based on a complaint from Aadhaar officials, a case has been filed against all the five under IPC’s Sections 420, 468, 471, r/w 120 B and 109 IPC and r/w Sections 34 & 42 of Aadhaar (targeted delivery of financial and other subsidies, benefits, and services) Act 2016.

It may be recalled that a senior doctor with Jayanagar Government Hospital and a group D employee were arrested after police discovered that the accused duo had helped three Pakistani nationals get Aadhaar cards by submitting forged documents. Three Pakistani nationals, including a woman, were arrested from their residence in Kumaraswamy Layout, South Bengaluru, last month on charges of staying illegally in the country.

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