The Cyberabad police on Tuesday booked 167 SIM card dealers across Cyberabad commissionerate for issuing pre-activated SIM cards to customers and also for other violations. According to the guidelines of Department of Telecommunications, the SIM card vendor should collect the documents of the customer authorisd by the State or Union government and activate the SIM card only after verification of the submitted documents and the customer.
Cyberabad Police Commissioner C V Anand here on Tuesday held a meeting with all cellular phone service providers in his office and elaborately dwelt on the irregularities in selling SIM cards to public through retailers and agents without following DOT guidelines. The CP narrated many incidents in which how notorious chain-snatchers, bank offenders and murderers could purchase SIM cards on fictitious names and addresses and the hardship faced by law enforcement agencies in unraveling these cases. 
Aiming to curb crime with iron hand, the CP organised simultaneous raids on all SIM cards retailers / agents throughout the vast Commissionerate on Monday and booked 107 cases against 167 dealers of various service providers. 597 petty retailers are bound over to keep good behaviour and not to indulge in such irregularities in future.
Legal action under 420, 409, 468 and Sec 188 IPC was initiated against all the offenders.

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