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.