They are worried that the district, which shares border with Bangladesh, might be housing some subversive elements using such fake Aadhaar cards.
The fake Aadhaar cards issue surfaced when some villagers from Mahishbathani and Notuntola in Malda, a few kilometres away from the India-Bangladesh border complained to the district administration that they had been issued fake Aadhaar cards. Following this, an investigation was launched that led the cops to four people and a cache of some 5,000 fake Aadhaar cards, after they had managed to sell around 150 of those.
Senior officials said the matter came to their notice after some residents of Notuntola met the Block Development Officer and expressed their concern that their Aadhaar cards might not be authentic. Checking into the cards and tracking their numbers, the BDO handed over the case to the local police. The investigation led to arrest of four persons, three of who hail from Bihar. They were arrested along with two laptops.