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Friday , April 21 , 2017

Many faces of slain 'rebel'

Tinsukia, April 20: The investigation into the background of Ranjit Gogoi, suspected to be a Ulfa cadre and shot dead by the army but who eventually turned out to be a hardcore criminal, has led the investigators to another fake identity, that of Anil Mech.

Tinsukia police recovered an Aadhaar card from him and located an SBI bank account (Demow branch) in Upper Assam's Sivasagar district in the name of Anil Mech, son of Aviram Mech. Both were found to be fake. This has brought the SBI officials of the branch under police scanner and also raised doubts about the robust structure of the Aadhaar platform.

Police had earlier recovered a driving licence in the name of Pulin Deka from the slain criminal.

Tinsukia superintendent of police Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta said: "We have verified the bank account and found it to be fraudulently created. A police team reached Aviram Mech in Demow to learn that Anil Mech was not his son, pointing to a clear case of misrepresentation," he added.

Mahanta said they are investigating how the criminal was able to open a bank account with a false identity. "Some bank officials and the introducer are under police scanner," he said.

The Aadhaar card carrying Gogoi's picture was issued in the name of Anil Mech with a Dimapur address.

"We are verifying the card's authenticity," Mahanta said.

If the Aadhaar card is found to be genuine but issued on fake documents, then it will expose loopholes in the system, which can be a threat to internal security.

Even illegal migrants can explore such loopholes and manage an Aadhaar card, certifying them as residents of India and easily settle in other part of the country where the card is acceptable.

According to the website of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Aadhaar cards are issued only to residents of India and is robust enough to eliminate fake and duplicate identities. As the NRC update process is going on in Assam, Aadhaar card has not yet been issued in the state and are not mandatory yet.

The police are conducting a parallel investigation into his links with Ulfa from the angle of outsourcing activities.

Elaborating, Mahanta said after the arrest of a drug addict, Jitu Dahotia, by Makum police a few months ago, it came to light that Ulfa has started outsourcing activities to criminals.

"Jitu had admitted that he was hired by Ulfa (I) to trigger two blasts in Tinsukia town," the SP said. "Hence, we cannot rule out this line of investigation".

The Telegraph has learnt that Gogoi had two cases lodged with Tezu police and one with Namsai police in Arunachal Pradesh. He was found to be involved in a case of jailbreak at Tezu.

Yesterday, the wife of the deceased had identified him as Ranjit Gogoi, a resident of Rengonibam under Namrup police station in Dibrugarh district. The body was handed over to the family after post-mortem.

Sub-inspector of Namrup police station Ganesh Chetry told The Telegraph yesterday that the deceased was staying with his mother, two wives and four children and had an elder brother in Dibrugarh jail. Attempts to speak to the headman of Ranjit's village failed.

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