government on Wednesday directed the authorities concerned to tighten the rules
for sale and registration of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards to curb the
rising trend of extortion and threats to high-profile people over mobile
Each subscriber will now need the national identity card and
an introducer for buying a SIM card from any mobile phone operator and the
operators must get police verification reports before appointing anyone as
salesman of SIM cards.
The directives were issued at a meeting with the home affairs minister, Sahara Khatun, in the chair, in line with the recommendations of a committee formed for containing cell phone crimes. The Government has blocked around 2,00,000 mobile phone connections, as a step to curb criminal activities like extortion and threats by mobile phones.
A senior government official at the meeting said the Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs) were blocked as allegations were received that some of these SIMs were used for criminal activities and even in kidnapping. The Government had earlier blocked 12,00,000 unregistered connections, the meeting was told.