Cyberabad Police Commissioner C.V. Anand here on Tuesday held a meeting with all service providers in his office. He 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 and bank offenders, murderers could purchase SIM Cards on fictitious names and addresses and the hardship faced by Law enforcement agencies in unraveling the cases. He maintained that in the mad rush of market share and business expansion, the dealers are flouting the guidelines and security norms and issuing activated SIM cards to Agents/Retailers.

The agents and retailers are selling the same to public based on Xerox copies without verifying their original ID proofs i.e. Aadhar Card, Driving license, Voter ID and so on. He also explained them about possible dangers to the nation by their practices. He reminded them about the notification issued in November last year suggesting the measures to correct the irregularities, maintain proper records and strict adherence to DOT guidelines in the interest of public and nation. Even then, the same irregularities were being continued by some dealers.

To curb the crime with iron hand on Monday, the CP organized simultaneous raids on all SIM Cards retailers/Agents all over the vast Commissionerate and booked 107 cases against 167 dealers of various service providers. Besides, 597 petty retailers are bound over to keep good behavior and not to indulge in such irregularities in future. Legal action under 420, 409, 468 and 188 IPC was initiated against all the dealers.

            The meeting ended with the assurance of service providers of strict adherence of DOT guidelines and security norms by their dealers/retailers/Agents. Malkajgiri, Balanagar incharge I/C DCPs Ramchandra Reddy, Sreenivasa Reddy and other officers also attended the meeting.

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