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SIM card dealer created own Aadhaar database, activated 6000 SIM cards: Report

A SIM card distributor in Telangana was arrested for activating 6,000 SIM cards through the eKYC system using Aadhaar numbers, reported The Times of India. P Santosh Kumar was a distributor of Vodafone prepaid SIM cards. On June 20, the regional office of UIDAI in Hyderabad lodged a complaint the local police station alleging that P Santosh Kumar was involved in illegal Aadhaar linking (eKYC). The UIDAI alleged that Kumar had fraudulently downloaded Aadhaar credentials of people from Telangana government’s registration and stamps department and misused them to activate SIM cards. Apart from UIDAI's central database, Aadhaar numbers and fingerprint scans are available at local sub-registrar's office. Anybody who can access registered property documents to create their own Aadhaar database and then use an individual's Aadhaar.  A report on The Wire has explained how a SIM card dealer was able…

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