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Delhi Police bust fake Aadhaar card racket, 2 held

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The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has busted a racket in the national capital which was involved in making fake Aadhaar cards using the fingerprints/iris of minors and vagabonds without their biometric data available with the Aadhaar authorities. Earlier, eight members of the gang were arrested while two others have now been arrested by the EOW.

These Aadhaar cards were used for making PAN and voter ID cards presuming them as genuine. The accused persons also used photoshop to create fake PAN and Voter ID cards charging Rs 5000-10,000 for each of these cards and Rs 25,000 for each Aadhaar card.

The two accused persons have been identified as Umesh Chander and Ravi Sachdeva, who made PAN, Aadhaar cards and voter IDs on the basis of fake documents and obtained credit cards from various banks in their names.

Umesh Chander worked as an operator in an authorised firm processing the data for making Aadhaar cards. He was aware about the entire process of making Aadhaar cards. He set up his own office in Delhi’s Mangolpuri area and worked as an agent for firms such as O-series, Gujarat Infotech and NVR, authorised by Aadhaar authorities for making the cards.

The accused persons approached Chander for making multiple Aadhaar cards using photographs of the same person.

“Since biometrics such as fingerprints/iris is necessary for making each Aadhaar card and two Aadhaar cards cannot be issued on the same biometrics, the accused persons used biometrics, ridges of feet of teh same person for making two different Aadhaar cards. The accused Umesh Chander also used fingerprints/iris of minors and vagabonds without making their biometrics available with the Aadhaar authorities,” said O.P. Mishra, Joint Commissioner of Police (CP), EOW.

During investigation, it was found that while making these fake IDs, the accused had changed their facial appearances by either keeping a bearded or clean shaven look. These IDs were prepared using different surnames by the same set of persons.

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Maharashtra Govt suspends ex-Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh

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In a significant decision, the Maharashtra government has suspended former Mumbai Police Commissioner and current Commandant-General, State Home Guards, Param Bir Singh, it was announced on Thursday evening.

The suspension of Singh, an IPS 1988 batch officer and declared a ‘Proclaimed Offender’ by a Mumbai court last month – follows a probe report submitted by Additional Chief Secretary Debashish Chakravarti to the state government.

Among other things, the report had recommended action against Singh for defying the All India Civil Service Rules, even as he became “untraceable” for nearly six months and resurfaced a week ago (last Thursday) in Mumbai.

Singh is facing several cases of extortion and corruption with cases lodged in Mumbai and Thane, bailable and non-bailable arrest warrants, plus the government-appointed retired Justice K. U. Chandiwal Commission of Enquiry.

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K’taka Police deny permission to stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra shows

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Close on the heels of denying permission to stand-up comedy show of Munawar Faruqui citing law and order problems, the Karnataka Police have denied permission to yet another stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra to stage his shows in Bengaluru.

Kunal Kamra, a vocal critic of the present ruling establishment has stated that the shows scheduled for 20 days have been cancelled in the backdrop of threats and denial of permission by the police.

However, the act of Karnataka Police denying permission for the stand-up comedy shows of Kunal Kamra and Munawar Farooqui has drawn sharp criticism on social media.

Kunal Kamra wrote on his Twitter, “Hello Bengaluru People. I am happy to inform that my shows in Bengaluru scheduled over the next 20 days have been cancelled. They have been cancelled for two reasons. Firstly, we didn’t get special permission to seat 45 people in the venue that seat more. Secondly threats have been made to shut down the venue if I were to perform.

“I guess this is also part of the Covid protocol and new guidelines. I suppose I am seen as a variant of the virus now. For those who were wondering how ‘A Kamra’ goes on the perform while a Faruqui has had to quit comedy’ we can find solace in the fact that the ruling class is at least trying to oppress with equality,” he stated with irony.

“May be if we continue down the road of equal oppression, we would get to a point of equal liberation, in a post climate change era,” he opined.

He has also put up five steps to get the show cancelled and ridiculed the ruling establishment.

The police earlier in the case of Munawar Faruqui stated that the stand-up comedian is a controversial figure as he has made controversial statements on other religions and gods. The police also cited examples of cases registered against Munawar in Tukoganj police station of Indore in Madhya Pradesh and other states. They also claimed that many states have banned his shows.

Munawar Faruqui had tweeted, “Nafrat jeet hai, Artist haar gaya. I’m done! Goodbye! INJUSTICE”. (victory of hatred, defeat of an artist)

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DIG rank officer suspended on extortion charges in Bihar

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A DIG rank officer has been suspended on charges of extorting money from his juniors, a Home Ministry official said here on Thursday.

A notification in this regard was issued by the ministry on Wednesday night holding Shafi-Ul-Haq guilty of alleged involvement in corruption.

The notification was based on a report of the state’s Economic Offence Wing (EOW) submitted on Tuesday.

As per the EOW report, Haq was deployed as DIG of Munger range before June this year. During his tenure in Munger, he was involved in extortion with junior officers of police department. He was also having a trusted officer named Mohamad Umran, a sub-inspector of Munger police. Umran had hired an agent to extort money from junior personnel of the department.

On the basis of several complaints against him, an investigation was conducted which found the charges to be true. Accordingly, he was transferred to police headquarters in Patna on June 19, 2021. The department also initiated EOW inquiry against him.

Haq, after the transfer from Munger on June 19, he was waiting a posting until the suspension of his notification was not issued.

The Home Ministry has directed him to report before Patna range IGP office during suspension period.

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