Army files FIR against Airtel & ATSUM: [July 24, 2016]: The Indian Army filed two FIR in the Police station of Bishnupur, Manipur on the date of July 24. That two FIR against the ATSUM (All Tribal Students Union Manipur) and another one are against AIRTEL. Micah Kamei is the distributor and publicity secretary of ATSUM. The AIRTEL network didn’t hold the TRAI regulation. They distributed preactivated sim cards without any proper verification.
Army files FIR against Airtel & ATSUM
According to the press release today, (July 25, 2016): Press Information Bureau (PIB), the concern security forces were involved in this issue about the pre-activated SIM cards in the location of Tamenglong district (Khoupum Valley) without any proper documents and verifications.
The PIB Defence wing said that “An army column discovered that one Mr Micah Kamei was distributing free, pre-activated SIM cards to the villagers in Khoupum Valley without any paperwork.”
Also, they took action aginst the leading telecom company in India. As per the rules of TRAI, all the Telecom companies should follow the rules and regulations under the TRAI. Under the rule, a company should verify the customer’s identity with the help of residence proof. But, AIRTEL didn’t follow that law in this process. They distributed the SIM cards in the village of Khoupum Valley without any proper documents and verifications. The Press release added that, due to this process, the maximum of the SIM cards were reached to the wrong hands, and it creates the way for the imminent violence.
The State Police of Manipur has been contributing to this issue along with the Defence.
The PIB, Defence note said “However, the insurgent groups are trying to pressurize the villagers in such remote areas by forcing them to pay taxes. Getting access to unauthorized SIM cards will allow them to threaten village chiefs as well as villagers who do not cooperate with them and they will also be able to get advance information of any move of security forces through their informers. Since their true identity would remain hidden even in the records of the telecom company, they would be able to carry out all illegal transactions through such mobile connections with impunity. The telecom companies need to realise the security implications of such malpractices and take all effective measures to ensure that SIM cards are only issued to bonafide persons who have valid identity and address proofs.”