Racket in voter I-cards busted, three arrested

NEW DELHI JAN. 28 . A racket in manufacturing and selling of fake voter identity cards (ID cards) has been busted by the Special Cell of the Delhi police. Three persons, including a clerk in the office of a Sub- Divisional Magistrate (SDM), have been arrested in this connection.

According to the police, there was an information that two persons are offering voter ID cards for a price and are operating from a computer centre at Mahipalpur in South-West Delhi. A team, under the supervision of ACP L.N. Rao and led by Inspector Parasnath, sent two decoys who got their ID cards made for a price of Rs. 500 each.

The police then arrested the computer operator Rahis Khan alias Bunty. At his instance, the supervisor of the firm, Sanjay Sharma, and an Upper Division Clerk in the SDM (Delhi Cantonment) office, Ram Kala, were arrested.

Interrogation of the accused revealed that the contract for making voter ID cards for the people of Mahipalpur constituency was awarded to Deep Advertising Agency, based at Ramesh Nagar in Rajouri Garden, West Delhi. Rahis was employed with the agency for the past five months.

Ram Kala used to ensure that the hologram on the undelivered genuine ID cards, which returned to the office of the SDM, were removed. He, then, passed it on to Sanjay at a rate of Rs. 100 per card. Sanjay used to pass it on to Rahis Khan, who used to put a fake hologram on the ID card. He would then sell it to the customers at a price of Rs. 500.

Rahis used to retain Rs. 200 and the remaining was given to Sanjay. So far Ram Kala has been able to smuggle out 228 voter ID cards.

The police recovered four fake ID cards, 18 holograms, computer with printer, stamp of SDM and Election Registration officer, a lamination machine and a digital camera from the possession of the accused. A case under relevant sections has been registered at Special Cell police station at Lodhi Colony and efforts are on to trace the beneficiaries.

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