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A parliamentary body today formed a two-member sub-committee to enquire allegations surrounding the making of forged National Identity cards at different times by some quarters.
The parliamentary standing committee on public administration came up with the decision following seizing of huge amount of forged national identity cards on Friday.
Headed by ruling Awami League MP RAM Obaidul Muktadir Chowdhury, the sub-committee was asked to talk to all concerned including the Election Commission and to submit its report before the main committee soon.
The other member of the sub-committee is M Abdur Rahman, also a ruling AL lawmaker.
The decision was taken at the maiden meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on public administration with its chairman AHN Ashiqur Rahman in the chair in the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
When contacted, Obaidul denied telling anything on this issue.
Earlier on Friday, police nabbed two youths from the city who had been selling fake national identity cards for the last one and a half months.
They also seized 53,100 forged NID cards from the duo, so far the largest haul of forged NID cards. The detainees were also found possessing photographs of 36,300 people for purposes of producing the forged documents.
Pointing to today’s newspaper report on the issue, the parliamentary watchdog observed that the fake NID cards are being distributed via retailers selling phone SIM cards. Retailers assist unscrupulous people to obtain SIM cards without proper authentication.
The meeting discussed various issues including how to bring pace in the ministry activities, meeting sources told The Daily Star.
The meeting reviewed the Bangladesh Public Service Commission’s annual report for 2013 that was placed in the Parliament. It decided to have more discussion on the report during their next meeting.