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After getting voter I-cards as Hindus,family gets new ones as Muslims

A family of six — a Muslim man with a Hindu wife,and the couple’s four children — have allegedly tried to take advantage of their dual religion status by filling in applications for voter identity cards twice in New Usmanpur of Northeast Delhi,the police said on Monday.

Written by Sahim Salim | New Delhi |
April 14, 2009 12:07:35 am

NEW USMANPUR,NORTHEAST DELHI: Man Muslim,wife Hindu,6 of family got I-cards as tenants last year,house owners now; FIR lodged

A family of six — a Muslim man with a Hindu wife,and the couple’s four children — have allegedly tried to take advantage of their dual religion status by filling in applications for voter identity cards twice in New Usmanpur of Northeast Delhi,the police said on Monday.

According to police officials,the family consists of Sharafat Khan,his wife Neelu,son Mohammed Sohail,and daughters Reshma,Rajni and Seema. The six reside at E-489,street number 8,Jagjeet Nagar.

The incident emerged after the election officer of Ghonda Assembly constituency went to the family house to hand over their voter identity cards on Thursday (April 9) ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The police said the returning officer of Assembly constituency,A K Sharma,found from the electoral rolls that a family of six from the same address had already been given voter identity cards last year — all six applicants were Hindus.

The police said they are probing the family’s motive in obtaining two sets of voter identity cards.

A senior officer said prima facie it appears they wanted to cast votes for their preferred party twice.

Post-inquiry,Sharma found out that the family did not have any tenants — the previous application for election I-cards were reportedly made in the name of tenants of the same house.

An FIR has been registered against the family members — it is a non-cognizable offence,which means the police have to take permission from a magistrate to register a criminal case against them.

“The returning officer (Sharma) came to the police station straightaway and told us about the incident,” a senior officer from New Usmanpur police station said. “We registered an FIR (number 115/09) against the family members under Section 1 of the Representation of People Act,1950.”

During investigations,the police found that the family had applied for,and received,voter identity cards last year as Hindus. In the identity cards handed to them last year,Sharafat Khan was Kailash Babu,Mohammed Sohail was Sohail,Rajni was Rani; Neelu,Seema and Reshma had applied under their own names.

According to the FIR,the family had claimed in their application last year that they were tenants in the Jagjeet Nagar house but the police have found that they own the property. In their applications this year,Khan applied as owner of the house.

The officer said no breach of trust or forgery has been spotted yet,as the family had not submitted any forged papers to establish their identities.

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