Fake Aadhaar card racket busted: CM Biren

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, May 14, 2018: Manipur Police has successfully busted gangs for making fake Aadhaar cards in the state, said chief minister N. Biren Singh at a press conference held at his secretariat on Monday.

He said following a tip-off, SP Tengnoupal and his team intercepted two vehicles near Moreh Police Station coming from Moreh towards Imphal on Sunday. Out of the ten passengers, nine persons were found to be illegal immigrants without having valid documents. On further verification, all illegal migrants were from Myanmar, he added. The lone Indian named Paritha Begum wife of Mohammed Mohideen of Shree Ram Nagar, Edappallayam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu was one of the traffickers, he added.

The other traffickers are Ni Ni Sin daughter of Md. Yashmin of Tar Ka Ta, Nawy Aay, 3 Street, No. 255, Yangon State, Myanmar and Phyu Phyu Win wife of Khaza Mohideen of Tar Ka Ta, Nawy Aay, 3 Street, No. 255, Yangon State, Myanmar. On further enquiry, Police raided the house of Md. Tomba alias Inaocha (one of gang members) and seized two laptops, four Aadhaar Cards, one printer machine, one laminating film machine, Laminating plastic sheets, photo paper, two DVDs etc.

Biren Singh recalled that on March 25 Jiribam Police had also arrested Nongthombam Argentina alias Pinky daughter of (L) N. Brajabihari Singh a resident of Babupara Ward No. 5, Jiribam for allegedly making fake Aadhaar Card at her residence and other places. Eighty-five numbers of Aadhaar enrolment forms, one laptop, one Eye Iris CMIT machine with camera, Biometric (green) BIT, GPS, Mobile handset and a scanner were seized from her possession. The co-accused of the racket Md. Aziz Ahmed s/o Md. Keramat Ali of Dibong Lamlong, Jiribam is on the run now. After such incidents, Chief Minister said, the government would remove Common Service Centres as access point for Aadhaar services throughout the state.

The chief minister said the present government is anxious and take such illegal activities as a major threat to the indigenous population and would affect the present and future generation of the state. It is beyond imagination that what worse could have been done in last 10-15 years in the state, he added.

We need to re-verify the identity of the tenants living in various areas of the state immediately, Biren said. He appealed the people for co-operation to protect the indigenous population of the state for easy detection of illegal immigrants living in the state. He mentioned that we need to create more awareness among the landlords, transporters and people about such illegal activities in the state.

He also said Imphal Airport is also susceptible for transportation of illegal immigrants so a special Police Check Post would be opened to detect illegal immigration from Tuesday.

On the condition of NH 37 Imphal-Jiri road, Biren  said the bailey bridge near Nung Dolan has been repaired.  Highlighting the frequent kidnapping cases of the officials working on Imphal-Jiri Railway project for ransom, Biren Singh said such unwanted incidents hamper the developmental works in the state. Such unwanted incidents must be stopped immediately in other developmental projects, he appealed.

He also appealed to the people and media fraternity of the state to support the ongoing ‘Go to Village’ mission.

In connection to the cease-drive protest by diesel auto and diesel van drivers the chief minister clarified that the government didn’t take any decision or issued any official order regarding the ban of diesel autos and winger in and around the Imphal city. He said stringent action would be taken up to those who disrupt the lives of the people illegally.

Biren Singh also said the state government will put in best possible effort to table a Bill in order to protect the indigenous people of the state in the coming Assembly session this year. A committee has been formed in this regard, he added.

Seized articles, fake Aadhaar and Voter ID Cards were also displayed in front of the media persons.

Minister for PWD, RD and PR Th. Biswajit Singh, chief secretary J. Suresh Babu, DGP L.M. Khaute, ADGP Pramod Asthana, IGP L. Kailun, IGP Clay Khongsai, SPs of Imphal East, Imphal West and Tengnoupal and other police officers attended the press conference.






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