SIA conducts raids in 19 locations in Kashmir over misuse of SIM cards by terrorists

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Srinagar: As part of a crackdown on the growing abuse of SIM cards by The Terrorists and their fraudulent sale by telecommunications providers, the Jammu and Kashmir State Investigation Agency (SIA) carried out searches on 19 premises across the valley on Saturday.

The searches came in the face of “the ever-increasing misuse of SIM cards by terrorists”, their surface workers (OGW), drug traffickers and other criminals, police said.

“The SIA in 11 different FIR cases conducted searches at 19 premises spread throughout Cashmere“, said the police.

In three cases, preliminary evidence strongly indicated that SIM cards had been purchased to help terrorists maintain communication with their dog handlers across the border and other pods inside J&K, they said.

During the searches, incriminated material and electronic gadgets including 20 mobile phones, 37 SIM cards, five laptops, three hard drives, a USB key, an external hard drive, a Jio wifi router, six stamps, 48 ​​documents , six registers, 15 photographs, etc. were seized for further analysis, they added.

The majority of the premises were owned by point-of-sale (POS) vendors who were selling these SIM cards in violation of Department of Telecommunications regulations and in a manner that amounts to counterfeiting and cheating, police said.

Police said authorities have decided to take tough action against POS SIM card vendors who steal identity documents from unsuspecting subscribers and create SIM cards without the knowledge of the original subscribers.

“Similarly, PoS SIM card sellers who are caught creating SIM cards based on false documents in the names of people who do not exist in real life will also be prosecuted under the strictest legal provisions. Action would also be taken against POS SIM card sellers and subscribers who obtain more than six SIM cards, which is the maximum number of SIM cards a person is allowed,” they said.

Phone service providers have been advised to maintain a proper database to prevent dishonest POS SIM card sellers. The administration is also likely to consider it an offense if a person voluntarily gives their SIM card to someone other than a family member for occasional and emergency use, they said.

Officials asked POS SIM card vendors and individual subscribers to voluntarily report to the police station and surrender their excess SIM cards (more than six), “to escape criminal liability.”

“POS SIM card sellers who issued SIM cards under different names using a person’s photo are also subject to search, and if found guilty, they will likely be arrested in addition to being put on trial. blacklisted from all government benefits and contracts,” the officials said. .

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