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Aadhaar cards found dumped in well in Maharashtra; probe ordered

14 Mar 2018 | By Anjana Raghav
Maharashtra: Aadhaar cards found dumped in well

A group of youth found hundreds of Aadhaar cards dumped in a well in Maharashtra's Yavatmal district.

In the wake of it, the district administration has ordered a probe into the matter and filed an FIR against officials of the postal department, an official said.

The recovered cards were issued between 2011 and 2014 by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

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14 Mar 2018Aadhaar cards found dumped in well in Maharashtra; probe ordered

DetailsYouth found Aadhaar cards while cleaning well

The youth had volunteered to carry out the work of desilting the well, located in the premises of a temple in the Shinde Nagar area, when they found some plastic bags inside it on 11 March, the official said.

On opening the bags they found hundreds of original Aadhaar cards, mostly of the residents of Lohara village, located on the city's outskirts.

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Most of the cards were damaged

DestructionMost of the cards were damaged

While most of the cards were damaged beyond recognition, around 157 partially damaged ones, which had the unique identification number intact, were taken into possession by tehsildar Sachin Shejal.

Following a complaint, Yavatmal Collector Rajesh Deshmukh asked the tehsildar to conduct a probe into the matter and give him a report.

The cards belong to the residents of Lohara village, he said.