Bengaluru cops to use aadhaar data to trace accident victims’ kin

BENGALURU: She was about 20 years and died due to injuries sustained in a bike accident in front of the Satellite Bus Station on Mysuru Road earlier this month. Her identity is unknown and no one came forward to claim her body from the Victoria Hospital where she breathed her last.

The young man, on whose bike she rode pillion, abandoned her and sped away. She barely opened her mouth during the one week that she spent at the hospital before breathing her last.

The Bengaluru police did their best to trace her family members or relatives but have been in vain because there is no “missing complaint” registered anywhere. Now, they are trying to use a new technique: trace her family members using her fingerprints and iris with those of her parents which, they hope, have been captured by the Aadhaar authorities.

If this experiment turns out to be successful, police will use the same method to trace all the unidentified bodies in the city and even police in other states may follow the same procedure.

Last week, the Supreme Court observed that the Aadhaar card may be used to avail government schemes like pension, bank accounts and employment guarantee apart from pur chasing kerosene and cooking gas but Bengaluru police are trying to show the utility of Aadhaar data can be extended beyond the purposes of subsidy disbursal.

Speaking to ET, Kengeri traffic inspector NM Dharmappa, who is handling the case, said they tried in every possible way to trace her family members. Even the bike number, taken down by passersby , was incorrect. “It was then that we got the idea of matching the fingerprints and iris with the victim’s Aadhaar card. We have sent the information to the department concerned. We are going to follow this system to trace families of all the unidentified bodies,” he said. 

Officials from the Unique Identity Project at Karnataka’s Centre for eGovernance, hailed the initiative. “If it is helping to trace the victim’s family , the department is ready to share all the information which available with us,” a government official said.

According to Unique Identification Authority of India figures, there are about 6.46 crore people in Karnataka, of which 5.12 crore have Aadhaar cards. In Bengaluru alone, there are 74.77 lakh people with Aadhaar cards.