Manipur, July 25: The Indian Army reported FIR against the popular mobile company Airtel and the All Tribal Students Union of Manipur (ATSUM) for distributing pre-activated SIM cards for the mobile without verification. This step has been taken in the wake of a grave security threat. Also, this was directly contrary to the rules of the guidelines of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
The Indian army informed that the security forces have expressed their serious concern over distribution of pre-activated SIM cards in Khoupum Valley in Tamenglong district without verification of the customers. It is also reported that an army column discovered that Micah Kamei was distributing free, pre-activated SIM cards to the villagers in Khoupum Valley without any paperwork.
The press release informed that TRAI has laid down guidelines for all telecom companies under which the verification of all customers with respect to their identity as well as proof of residence is mandatory. This process has been subverted by AIRTEL wherein they are distributing SIM cards in the villages of Khoupum Valley without getting any forms filled. This practice will ultimately lead to the SIM cards reaching the wrong hands and enabling insurgent groups to use these SIM cards for extortion and violence related activities in the region.
Airtel head at Guwahati had promised to look into the matter in serious concern but no action was taken yet. Later on Sunday, Indian Army filed an FIR against Airtel as well as ATSUM on 24th July 2016. SIM cards are only issued to bonafide persons who have valid identity and address proofs.