Jammu and Kashmir state investigation agency (SIA) has carried out searches at 19 premises across Kashmir Valley to prevent misuse of SIM cards by terrorists and their fraudulent sale by telecom vendors.
The searches comes in the face of increasing misuse of SIM cards by terrorists, their over ground workers (OGWs), narcotics smugglers and other criminals. officials said, SIA has lodged 11 FIRs in this regard. A majority of the premises searched belonged to the point of sale (POS) vendors who sold these SIM cards in violation of the telecom regulations and in a manner that amounts to forgery and cheating.
The officials said, in three cases, preliminary evidence strongly indicated that SIM cards were procured to help terrorists in maintaining their communication with their handlers across the border and other modules inside J&K.