Aad­haar cards found dumped in well in Ya­vat­mal, probe or­dered

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE -

A group of youth found hun­dreds of Aad­haar cards dumped in a well in the district while they were clean­ing it, an of­fi­cial said on Wed­nes­day.

The district ad­min­is­tra­tion has or­dered a probe into the mat­ter, and an FIR has also been lodged against of­fi­cials of the postal depart­ment, he said.

The youth had vol­un­teered to carry out the work of de­silt­ing the well, lo­cated in the premises of a tem­ple in the Shinde Na­gar area, when they found some plas­tic bags in­side it on March 11, the of­fi­cial said.

On open­ing the bags, to their sur­prise, they found hun­dreds of orig­i­nal Aad­haar cards, mostly of the res­i­dents of Lo­hara vil­lage, lo­cated on the city’s out­skirts, re­ports PTI.

While most of the cards were dam­aged be­yond recog­ni­tion, around 157 par­tially dam­aged ones, which had the unique iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber in­tact, were taken in pos­ses­sion by tehsi­lar Sachin She­jal.

Fol­low­ing a com­plaint, Ya­vat­mal Col­lec­tor Ra­jesh Desh­mukh asked the tehsi­lar to con­duct a probe into the mat­ter and give him a re­port.

“We will not spare any­one who is found guilty of neg­li­gence,” the col­lec­tor said.

Af­ter the panch­nama, the tehsil­dar filed an FIR on Tues­day at the Awad­hoot­wadi po­lice sta­tion against uniden­ti­fied of­fi­cials of the postal depart­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to She­jal, he has taken pos­ses­sion of 157 Aad­haar Cards on which the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­bers are vis­i­ble. The cards be­long to the res­i­dents of Lo­hara vil­lage, he said.

“I have or­dered the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­ity to check other aban­doned wells in the city also and find out if Aad­haar cards or other im­por­tant doc­u­ments, sent to the postal depart­ment for prompt de­liv­ery, have been dumped there,” the tehsi­lar said.

The re­cov­ered cards were is­sued be­tween 2011 and 2014 by the Unique Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Au­thor­ity of In­dia (UIDAI), he said.

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