Fake aadhaar card racket threat to indigenes: CM
STAFF REPORTER/DIPR IMPHAL, 14th May:
Police busted a major racket of issuing fake Aadhaar cards to illegal immigrants from across the border. Expressing concern over the finding, Chief Minister N Biren termed it as threat to indigenous population of the state.
Talking to media persons on Monday, Biren said that the present government is anxious and takes such illegal activities as a major threat to the indigenous population having the potential to affect the present and future generation of Manipur. It is beyond imagination that what worse could have been done in last 10-15 years in the state, he added.
Biren assured that immediate steps will be taken up to re-verify identity of tenants living in various parts of the state. Seeking public support and co-operation in the initiatives of the government to protect the indigenous people and ensure easy detection of illegal immigrants living in the state. He also stressed the need for creating more awareness among the landlords, transporters and people about such illegal activities.
Noting that Imphal Airport is also susceptible to transportation of illegal immigrants, the CM said that a special Police Check Post would be opened in the airport from Tuesday. There are already police check-posts in Jiribam and Moreh to check illegal entry of foreigners, he added.
Regarding the racket of making fake Aadhaar card busted by police at Moreh, he said that following a tip-off, SP Tengnoupal Dr S Ibomcha and his team intercepted two vehicles near Moreh Police Station coming from Moreh towards Imphal on Sunday.
Out of the 10 passengers, nine were found to be illegal immigrants without valid documents. On further verification, all illegal migrants were found to be from Myanmar. The lone Indian identified as Paritha Begum, wife of Mohammed Mohideen of Shree Ram Nagar, Edappallayam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu was among three traffickers in the team. The two other traffickers were identified as Ni Ni Sin, daughter of Md Yashmin and Phyu Phyu Win, wife of Khaza Mohideen both of Tar Ka Ta, Nawy Aay, Yangon, Myanmar. Both of them possessed fake Indian voter ID cards.
The nine illegal immigrants were found in possession of fake Aadhaar cards. Following further enquiry, police raided the house of one Md Tomba alias Inaocha (25) son of Md Abdul Hakim, one of the gang members of the fake Aadhaar card racket, and seized two laptops, four Aadhaar cards, one printer, one lamination machine, lamination plastic sheets, photo papers and two DVDs.
Another accomplice identified as Gopal Krishna (36) son of late Lakshman of Moreh Ward No 5 near Gate No 2 was also arrested by police. Gopal Krishna was involved in providing flight ticket to the illegal immigrants through online ticketing from his computer shop GS Computer. Police seized incriminating items from his shop, which he used in booking flight tickets for the illegal immigrants, Biren added.
The Chief Minister also recalled that on March 25 this year, Jiribam police arrested one Nongthombam Argentina alias Pinky daughter of (L) N Brajabihari, a resident of Babupara Ward No 5, Jiribam on charge of making fake Aadhaar Cards at her residence and other places. Police seized 85 Aadhaar enrolment forms, one laptop, one Eye Iris CMIT machine with camera, Biometric (Green) BIT, GPS, Mobile handset and a scanner from her possession. Co-accused of the racket Md Aziz Ahmed, son of Md Keramat Ali of Dibong Lamlong, Jiribam is on the run now.
During investigation, Argentina disclosed that she was authorised for biometric enrolment works by M/s Miracle & FSRD Private Limited, a service provider based at Khurai Thangjam Leikai in Imphal East. However, she could not produce authorisation certificate issued by competent authority, Biren said.
Considering the graveness of the situation, the CM said that the government will remove authorisation for Common Service Centres as access point for Aadhaar services throughout the state.
Highlighting frequent kidnapping cases of officials working on Imphal-Jiri Railway Project, the Chief Minister said that such unwanted incidents hamper the developmental works in the state. Such unwanted incidents must be stopped immediately in other developmental projects as well.
Following information from SP of Jowai district, Meghalaya, a team of Manipur police arrested Tanthaoliu Gonmei (27) wife of top NSCN-K cadre Gaising on Monday morning from Kanglatongbi for her involvement in kidnapping an official from Meghalaya. Police recovered Rs 13 lakh cash from her, which turned out to be part of Rs 25 lakh ransom money paid by family of the abducted official. She will be handed over to Meghalaya police soon, the CM said.
Mentioning about the condition of NH 37 Imphal-Jiri road, Biren said that the Bailey bridge near Nung Dolan has been repaired.
He also appealed to the people and media fraternity of the state to support the ongoing ‘Go to Village’ mission to deliver the basic government services at the doorsteps of the people.
Regarding the cease work stir by various driver’s associations of diesel auto-rickshaws, Tata Magic and Wingers, Biren clarified that the government didn’t take any decision or issued any official order regarding the restrictions on such light passenger vehicles in and around the Imphal City. The government simply discussed plans to bring a proper regulation to reduce traffic congestions and pollutions in Imphal city without affecting the livelihoods of the drivers and vehicle owners.
Appealing to the agitating transporters to resume their services immediately, he warned of stringent action for disrupting lives of common people. Maintaining that the government will not violate the rights of the transporters, he said that no stir or movement will deter any decision of the government taken in the larger interest of the people.
Replying to a query, Chief Minister Biren said that the state government will put in best possible efforts to table a bill in order to protect the indigenous people of the state in the upcoming assembly session. A committee has been formed in this regard and the committee will meet several stakeholders on May 19, he added.
Seized articles, fake Aadhaar and voter ID cards were also displayed in front of the media persons.
PWD minister Th Biswajit, chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu, DGP LM Khaute, ADGP Pramod Asthana, IGP L Kailun, IGP Clay Khongsai, SPs of Imphal East, Imphal West & Tengnoupal districts and other police officers also attended the press conference.