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Fake Covid e-passes in name of Donald Trump, Amitabh Bachchan to enter Himachal
The fake registrations were received on the state government’s e-pass platform.
The Himachal Pradesh Police have received a complaint about a fake registration for e-passes in the names of former US President Donald Trump and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan.
Sharing the information on its Twitter handle, the police said an FIR had been registered under relevant sections of the IPC and the IT Act in Shimla for further legal action.
The fake registrations were received on the state government’s e-pass platform. The Jai Ram Thakur government had recently made registration on the platform for the issuance of an e-pass mandatory to enter the state in view of the rising Covid cases.
The e-pass in the name of Amitabh Bachchan, says he wants to travel from Sector 17, Chandigarh to meet Rajiv Sehgal on May 7. The vehicle registered is a Chandigarh number (Light motor vehicle) and the purpose described for the e-pass is a personal visit.
In the case of Donald Trump, the pass is from Chandigarh, Sector 17 as well.
Both passes were under the essential service provider category.
Interestingly, the Aadhar number and mobile number in both passes are the same.
Comments regarding the casual attitude of the concerned authorities and lack of verification mechanism galore and even the opposition leaders took to social media with snapshots of the passes, questioning the government.
Insiders say that the e-covid pass system was on auto approval to save people from inconvenience and delays.