- UP police arrest 10 men of gang that bypassed Aadhaar security measures
- Police say they issued fake Aadhaar cards with the help of agents
- Aadhaar at the centre of government push to streamline welfare, taxation
Fingerprint scanners, iris scanners, laptops, rubber stamps, Aadhaar cards, GPS devices and printing material have been recovered from the men, police said, indicating a well-established network that appeared to have bypassed extensive security mechanisms set by the Unique Identification Authority of India or UIDAI which issues the cards.
The main accused Saurabh Singh is from Kanpur.
The mechanism adopted was very complex and involved cloning finger prints of UIDAI centre operators to log on to the Aadhaar website and carry out fake enrolments, they said.
Police also say they found the Information Security Policy mandated by the UIDAI was being broken at many levels, including registrars, enrolment agencies, supervisors, verifiers and operators. The entire Aadhaar enrolment process will be audited for security, they said.
But Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has been keen to broaden the mandate of the scheme. More than 100 crore Indians have already signed up for Aadhaar cards which have been made mandatory for an increasing number of purposes from filing tax returns, owning a cellphone connection to availing school lunches.
The Aadhaar data is also being pushed for promoting digital transactions by the centre. Sunday's bust casts a shadow on these efforts.