Bengaluru District police have launched a fresh drive to identify and extradite Bangladeshi immigrants

Dr B Thomas (Special correspondent)

With the arrest of the nine members gang by Madanayakanahalli police,the district police have stepped up probe to identify as many as 123 Bangladeshi nationals who have obtained Aadhar and other IDs through illegal means .

Rural police surrounded the city limits have made surprise visits to the migrant camps in Hosakote, Sarjapura and Hebbagodi and verifying the documents with the labourers to ascertain their national identities.

It is a herculean task to identity them since both West Bengal and Bangladesh nationals looks similar in many ways,says a senior officer.

However the police are checking with documents and asking the migrant labourers to get a letter of confirmation from their jurisdictional officials to confirm their citizenship.

The second method is to get the detail list of beneficiaries from Sydul Akoon,Prime accused in the racket arrested recently,a police officer part of the investigation,said.

Syed Akoon according to the police runs a plastic shop in the outskirt having a cotary comprising of six others who runs a firm to get IDs and PAN cards .

The accused get fake letterheads and rubber stamps in the name of BBMP gezetted officials for Akoon,apply Aadhar through online enrollment form with the help of Rakesh.

With the help of fake letterheads and rubber stamp and signature for the certificates of residence proof and submit at Bangalore-one centre and get the aadhar enrollment.

Once the aadhar is done,it is very easy to get the other IDs including passport and PAN card and bank accounts.

Soon after getting Aadhar the bangladesh Nationals will disperse and spread across India using the documents for illegal purposes.

We have a list of details seized from Akoon about the accused and efforts are on to track them down.

There is a serious lapse on part of the UIDAI that there is no cross check mechanism,police officer said.

We are writing to the UIDAI to verify the submitted documents with the authority concern before issuing the aadhar,K Vamshi Krishna,SP, Bengaluru district told reporters.

Many of them suspected to have cross border after involved in criminal activities and efforts are on to track them down,a police officer,said .

Meanwhile panic gripped in the migrant colony as labourers are feared that police are allegedly harassing them despite they have genuine documents to prove.

The police at times refuse to believe that we are from West Bengal demand other proof like a domicile certificate attested by local officers of our home town.

Many labourers have alleged that police on the pretext of verification extorted money and seized their documents threatening to foist false cases said a labourer.