Bank ‘mitra’ held for Aadhaar data breach

HISAR: The Jind police have arrested a youth in connection with the misuse of biometrics of an Aadhaar operator of the State Bank of India (SBI) in Uchana town.

Bank ‘mitra’ held for Aadhaar data breach

Shamsher Singh, working as a bank “mitra” with the SBI have been arrested in connection with the misuse of biometrics of an Aadhaar operator. Illustration: Sandeep Joshi

Deepender Deswal

Tribune News Service

Hisar, February 10

The Jind police have arrested a youth in connection with the misuse of biometrics of an Aadhaar operator of the State Bank of India (SBI) in Uchana town. The accused, identified as Shamsher Singh, works as a bank “mitra” with the SBI. He is a friend of complainant Vikram Sheokand, whose Aadhaar credentials have been misused.

Jind SSP Ashwin Shenvi said the accused had been taken on two days’ police remand. “The police and a team of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) are working in tandem to investigate the case,” he added.

Sources said the complainant was called for questioning today.

Vikram said, “It seems unlikely that Shamsher could have been involved in the case. The case has caused me harassment. I doubt whether the investigation is going on in the right direction.”

On January 29, Vikram had lodged a complaint with the police about the breach of his Aadhaar biometrics by unidentified persons. He said Rs1,000 and Rs7,500 were transferred from his biometrics-protected bank account on November 14 and 20 last year. He had lodged acomplaint with the UIDAI on November 22.

Sheokand had also alleged someone else logged into his biometrics-protected Aadhaar account in November and committed 646 errors which drew a penalty of Rs33.4 lakh.

An error report from the UIDAI had mentioned Sheokand had used multiple station IDs to log into his account for several Aadhaar enrolments without valid documents.

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