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Vodafone booked for issuing SIM cards without verifying documents

Vodafone booked for issuing SIM cards without verifying documents
The police will also tighten the noose on telecom retail agents across the capital. “In the case of Utkarsh, the murderers had purchases already activated SIM cards from a dealer. This is a serious issue,” asked Sanjay Benniwal, Joint Commissioner of Police (Eastern Range). He further said all five SIMs were found to be acquired on forged documents.

“When we approached issuing company Vodafone, they said the process was outsourced” said Benniwal. The police have also registere an FIR against Vodafone under relevant sections of IPC.

They have violated the guidelines of TRAI and they are liable to pay a penalty of Rs 50,000 for each SIM card issued without verifying documents, Benniwal added.

The police official believe the problem will not be solved unless police take strict action against the culprits. “Though police is coming up with new technologies with the passage of time, but tracking is still a challenge taking into consideration the easy accessibility of SIM cards and how it is taken advantage of by the criminals,” said a police officer.

In the case of fake D-company extortion bid cracked on Wednesday, police recovered four SIM cards, issued on fake documents from the possession of the accused.

“There are chances that the criminals are working in connivance with the SIM dealers, which makes it a bigger issue worthy of intensive investigation,” the officer said.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Central), Alok Kumar, said the extortion case will be further investigated to unearth the possible nexus of mobile dealers and criminals.

“We will look into where the verification process failed and how the SIM cards were issued on fake documents”, Kumar said.
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