Fake ID cards racket busted, 5 detained

RAYAGADA: A fake identity cards racket in the town was unearthed recently. A mere suspicion led Sub-collector Promod Mishra to a photo studio with a systematic setup of forging ID cards, inclu

Published: 26th March 2012 05:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 09:45 PM   |  A+A-

RAYAGADA: A fake identity cards racket in the town was unearthed recently. A mere suspicion led Sub-collector Promod Mishra to a photo studio with a systematic setup of forging ID cards, including the electoral photo identity card (EPIC) cards and even that of police and other security establishments.

 According to the sequence of events, a beneficiary of social welfare scheme presented a EPIC before Mishra who found it a bit unusual and made discreet enquiries as to from whom and where she got it. The investigation led to  another woman at Kasturi Nagar and subsequently to Jagatjanani photo studio here.

Mishra along with Tehsildar Durga Charan Mahapatra and local police raided the photo studio and seized four computers used for forging ID cards. The seized cards included that of the Police Department and other security agencies like CISF and CRPF which can be a big security threat for the Maoist-affected Rayagada district. The team also found the register with entries of  cards issued.

Collector Nitin Bhanudas Jawale said the strongest possible case would be made against these counterfeiters and even national security provisions invoked against them.  The police have detained five persons and are looking for the owner of the studio who is said to be in Berhampur.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp