The Fraud and Misappropriation squad of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) have arrested three people, including a Corporator’s assistant and two tax inspectors of the BBMP, for allegedly selling fake voter ID cards to people at Banasawadi (Ward No 27) on Friday.
The accused have been identified as Anand, 23, an assistant of the Corporator Kodanda Reddy and two tax inspectors Suresh, 31 and Manjunath, 26. The duo was working on a daily wage basis. Another accused Somashekar, a computer operator, managed to escape during the operation.
According to the CCB sleuths, they have also found that the accused were issuing these fake voter ID cards to minors and selling them to locals.
The accused were arrested red-handed in front of Natural Mall on Banaswadi Main Road.
It is said that Anand, who has been working with corporator Reddy for seven years was collecting `200 for each ID card after visiting their houses and had sold it to 35 local residents.
The police have recovered nearly 100 fake voter ID cards including those without signatures, holograms, passport size photos of men and women of the voter list, a pen drive, mobile phones and a two-wheeler.
The Election Commission had instructed the deletion of voters list, which has no photos and proper addresses. Taking advantage of this they were making these ID cards and selling them.
The police, who had information about this, conducted raids and nabbed the accused.
The Banasawadi police have registered a case and investigations are on.