Fingerprint cloning gang busted by Haryana Police, 5 held including a woman

A gang involved in using the Aadhar enabled payment system (AEPS) for siphoning off money from people’s accounts by cloning their fingerprints in Palwal district was busted by the Haryana Police on Monday, as claimed by the officials.

During the raids at different locations in Palwal and Delhi, five members of the gang including a woman who were involved in the fraud worth crores, were arrested as claimed by a police spokesperson. Five Aadhar cards, 64 passport size photographs, 2,078 copies of registries, 220 cloned fingerprints, one laptop, one lamination machine, one printer, five bottles of rubber gel photo polymer, 270 sim cards, fingerprint rubber stamp machine, a biometric machine and 11 debit cards of different banks were recovered by the police.

As a consequence to several filed complaints reported in the district about money withdrawn without the actual account owners making any transactions, a special team was formed to deal with this. Between 24th May and 2nd June, 2021, around 43 cases of online fraud were registered by the police. Several attempts were made by the fraudsters to get the documents from the staff of registry offices to commence with the social evil, the police said.

The copies of documents of registry was obtained at a high cost from a private person in Palwal tehsil who did the binding of registry documents when the fraudster’s efforts went in vain. By using the cloned fingerprints amounts up to ₹10,000 were withdrawn. Rohit (33), Chitranjan (28), Amir Hussain (27), Kiran (28) and Tularam (40) were the accused arrested by the police.

According to SP Palwal Deepak Gahlawat, more information will be achieved by the police from the accused soon.

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