Monday, August 31, 2009

Illegal sale of Vodafone SIM busted

SHILLONG, Aug 31: Illegal sale of Vodafone SIM-card was busted after former Deputy Chief Minister and Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee president Deborah Marak received extortion calls. Police sources today said that the illegal sale of the SIM cards was revealed after the police were investigating into the threatening and extortion calls made to Marak on August 26. The Hindi-speaking caller claimed to represent a ‘terrorist group in Guwahati had used a Vodaphone pre-paid number which was registered in a fake name and address.

Working on this lead, police found that Vodaphone pre-paid SIM cards were easily available at a cost of Rs 200 only. Using a decoy customer who purchased five already activated pre-paid Vodaphone SIM cards, police nabbed the seller, Sajid Khan of Laban, and recovered over a hundred of SIM cards registered in different names and addresses from his possession.

“This is a serious matter and could also lead to a major breach of our national security” Shillong city SP Claudia Lyngwa said. She also said the service providers have been asked to submit all related documents and notifications of TRAI from BSNL. “We will prosecute the service providers after establishing its violation of the rules,” Lyngwa added. It may be mentioned that illegal sale of SIM cards indicates breach of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) regulations which are very stringent in the Northeast and Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the police has already put other service providers under the scanner. The Vodaphone officials were also summoned by the police to get their views over the matter. The company representatives presented details of all the impounded SIM cards. THE SENTINEL

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