Sharmili Mallick

A 24-year-old youth was arrested for allegedly making Aadhaar cards using the forged stamp of a government doctor at Lamtibahahal under Brajarajnagar Police limits in Jharsuguda on Sunday.

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The youth identified as Prakash Parija had opened a Jana Seva Kendra (facilitation centre) in the locality engaged in making new Aadhaar cards, rectifying and other works related to the 12 digit Unique Identification Number (UID) document.

Based on the complaint of some of his customers that Parija was using forged stamp and seal of Assistant Director of Jharsuguda District Headquarters Hospital (DHH), Prafulla Chandra Dalai to apply for the documents of people, police started an investigation and nabbed him yesterday.

A complaint in this regard was also lodged at the Brajarajnagar Police Station by the doctor Prafulla Chandra Dalai whose seal was used by the accused.

“I received a call from the Aadhaar Kendra that some documents had come for rectification with my seal and signatures attested to it. When I saw the photos of the attested documents, I realised that the signature and handwriting were not mine. As my government seal was misused, I filed a complaint with the police,” said Dalai.

Dilip Kumar Das, Brajarajnagar Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) informed that Parija brought the fake seal in the name of the Assistant Director of DHH from Bihar to apply for the Aadhaar cards. He has been arrested and forwarded to court.

Police have also seized some Aadhaar cards and the fake seal and stamp from Parija’s possession. Further investigation into the case is underway.

Accepting the wrongdoings, the accused youth said, “I was having the seal of a government doctor and used it once or twice to apply for Aadhaar cards."