Surat is under incidents of Aadhaar fraud. In the last one week, two separate incidents of Aadhaar fraud have been registered in Surat, Gujarat. In the most recent incident, two people have been arrested for modifying the Aadhaar card data of others using a rubber thumb.
The accused Hiren Prajapati, 26 and Prashant Pradhan, 20, both residents of Pandesara, were modifying the Aadhar Card data individuals using a rubber thumb. They were arrested on Saturday and remanded to police custody for three days by a court on February 4.
The duo was arrested on Saturday. Pandesara police booked them under various Indian Penal Code sections including 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 465, 467, 468, 471 (forgery) as well as sections of the IT Act. Police are yet to arrest the third accused Hitesh, whose exact details still not known
According to The Times of India, Prajapati works as agent to get applicants various types of cars like PAN card, driving license card and other government cards. He had discussed with Pradhan in past that he is in search of work related to Aadhaar card. Meanwhile Pradhan came in touch with Ahmedabad resident Hitesh, who offered to provide data of a person who is authorized for updating Aadhar cards.
Later, Hitesh sold them a pen drive for Rs 6,000. “The pen drive contained details of nationalised bank officer Prashant Morvadiya, who was authorized by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for updating Aadhar details of individuals. The data included thumb impression of Morvadiya and using it, the accused prepared a rubber thumb,” said K B Zala, police inspector, Pandesara police station.
Police suspect that the racket has been going on for last one year.
According to the report, “Using the thumb impression of Morvadiya, Prajapati entered the the official website of UIDAI and modified details of a cardholder. He told police that he modified only age or address of those who approached him. Police claim that the accused did not change photos or other important details of the individual. He charged Rs 300 for updating the Aadhaar card.”