Thirty-three illegal migrants from Bangladesh were arrested by the Alwar police on Sunday, who also recovered Aadhaar cards from 20 of them. The Bangladeshi nationals were arrested in a joint operation by CID (crime), intelligence bureau (IB) and Neemrana police.

While 11 of them are women, 11 are children. A few of them admitted that they got the Aadhaar card by paying Rs 200 each to the owner of an e-mitra centre. Some of them have been obtained under a local address, while several others had West Bengal addresses. “How the migrants managed to get these cards will be investigated. Most of them have given fake addresses,” said Hitesh Sharma, SHO, Neemrana.“During interrogation, one of the arrested, identified as Vijay Nurey, said that he got the Aadhaar card made from Maanjri town of Alwar district after paying Rs 200 to the owner of the emitra centre,” said a senior officer. IB had information about Bangladeshis staying in the area for a long time. “They came to India three years ago after crossing the West Bengal border by paying Rs 1,000 to some agents. They frequently changed cities and towns to avoid getting caught and shifted to Rajasthan six months ago,” the officer added.

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While the government and UIDAI continue to promote Aadhaar as a reliable method of identification, the fact is that there is next to no verification of documents provided as proofs to procure the Aadhaar. The UIDAI argues that Enrollment Agencies are responsible for verification. However, the payments made for enrolling people for Aadhaar cannot realistically include checks of every document provided.

This inherent weakness of Aadhaar was pointed out all through by critics. There is next to no accountability for the issuance of Aadhaars. A lot of the operators are already discontinued, however the enrollments made by them – whether authentic or fraudulent continue to be treated as authentic without question.

The fact that an Aadhaar now works as identification without question increases the risk to national security. The risk is less from migrants who have come to try and make a living for themselves, and more from malicious actors – terrorists, criminals, money launderers and more who will find it very easy to create alternative identities in this manner.


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