The Uttar Pradesh Police on Sunday arrested 10 members of a gang involved in forging Aadhaar cards for just Rs 40. The gang reportedly hacked old software of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) through cloned fingerprints and tamper application client.

Police said that finger print scanner devices, several laptops, printing machines, mobiles and hundreds of fake Aadhaar cards were recovered from the members of the gang. The mastermind of the gang, Saurabh Singh has been arrested from Kanpur.

As per police reports, the gang had faked Aadhaar cards in Uttar Pradesh and four other states in the last six months. Like the Government of India, even they were charging Rs 40 per card so that no one could suspect them. Police has shared details of their investigations with the UIDAI in UP and four other states so that the fake Aadhaar cards are identified and cancelled as early as possible.

In a notice issued by the Central Government of India, the linking of the existing Aadhaar numbers with permanent account number (PAN) of taxpayers has been made mandatory.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley through an amendment to tax proposals in the Finance Bill for 2017-18 had made Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns and provided for linking of PAN with Aadhaar to check tax evasion through use of multiple PAN cards. Even while applying for a new PAN card; it will be mandatory to furnish 12-digit Aadhaar card details.