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Aadhaar cards found dumped in well in Maharashtra; probe ordered

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Yavatmal: Thousands of Aadhaar cards were found dumped in a well at Yavatmal in Maharashtra. A group of youth found hundreds of original unique Aadhaar cards packed in a bag, while they were cleaning the well. Informed the district administration.

The district administration has ordered a probe into the matter, and an FIR has also been lodged against officials of the postal department.

According to reports, 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 March 11. On opening the bags, to their surprise, they found hundreds of original Aadhaar cards, mostly of the residents of Lohara village, located on the city’s outskirts.

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

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

The collector said “We will not spare anyone who is found guilty of negligence,”.

After the panchnama, the tehsildar filed an FIR yesterday at the Awadhootwadi police station against unidentified officials of the postal department.

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