Andhra Pradesh government constitutes SIT to probe data theft

Andhra Pradesh

AMARAVATI: The Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday set up Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe data theft case.


Principal Secretary, Home, A. R. Anuradha issued an order constituting a nine-member SIT to be headed by Additional Director General of Police and Transport Commissioner N. Bala Subramanyam.

The team was formed based on a case registered in Guntur district by Cabinet Minister K. Kala Venkat Rao, who is also President of Andhra Pradesh unit of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

He said that a conspiracy was hatched between YSR Congress leaders and some senior police officials of Telangana to steal the data belonging to the TDP.

Rao also alleged that they conspired to engineer en-masse requests for deletion of names from the voters’ list.

On Wednesday, Telangana Home department also formed a SIT to probe the case.

On Wednesday, a delegation of the YSRCP led by YS Jaganmohan Reddy met Andhra Pradesh governor ESL Narasimhan and demanded an inquiry into the case.

They also asked the Governor that if AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is involved in the matter then action should be initiated against him.

They alleged that a private firm IT Grids is having all the data of the Andhra Pradesh people and they have access to the data not without the help of government.

They added that they are using this data to identify TDP voters and others.

On Tuesday, the AP government assured that Aadhaar data, including the demographics and the biometrics of the citizens, is stored only in the ‘Central Identity Repository (CIDR) of UIDAI in a secured manner.

Earlier, the IT department dismissed all the claims of data leakage and said the state government has commenced a unique Cybersecurity wing called ‘APCSOC’ (AP Cyber Security Operation Center) to keep a vigil on the usage of data and monitoring transactions.


With inputs from ANI, LANS

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