Nearly three months after the ban on pre-paid cellphone connections was lifted in Jammu and Kashmir, police have seized over two dozen SIM cards in Kupwara district which they said were meant for Lashkar-e-Toiba militants.
The recovery of the Subscribers Identity Module (SIM) cards of four private telecom operators from two over ground workers (OGWs) of the Pakistan-based militant outfit at Sogam, 100 kms from here, last week raised a question mark on the verification process of customers by the service providers.
"The OGWs, hailing from Pulwama district of South Kashmir, were intercepted by police on April six when they were on way to hand over the SIM cards to the LeT militants in the North Kashmir district," a police officer said.
Over two dozen SIM cards and five mobile phones were seized from the duo, he said.
A case under section 13 of the Unlawful Activities Act and 102(b) of RPC was registered against the arrested persons and the telecom companies, the officer said.
The questioning of the duo revealed that they managed the SIMs from their home town, he said.
"The SIMs were issued easily in violation of the guidelines of the Union Home Ministry," the officer said, adding an inquiry has been initiated against the accused telecom companies.
On January 21, the Centre lifted the ban on the pre-paid mobile phones, imposed nearly two months ago in the state, but put stringent conditions on operators for verification of about 38 lakh subscribers and issuance of new connections.