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Theft at Chandigarh temple: SIM cards procured by fake ID shows plugs in verification

In April 2016, the deputy commissioner had issued a notification that made it mandatory for all prepaid and postpaid mobile SIM card distributors, sellers and vendors to physically verify the original documents of the customers.

punjab Updated: Jul 04, 2017 16:07 IST
Shailee Dogra
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A day after two men were arrested for theft at Sai Baba Mandir in Sector 29, the emergence of two SIM cards bought by the accused using fake identity points to the loopholes in the verification process.

Amarjit Singh alias Sonu (32), resident of Sector 29, and Ajay of Kajheri village, Sector 52, were held on Sunday with Rs 3.4 lakh, which the accused have said they stole from the temple on June 30, police said.

Amarjit Singh had procured two mobile phone SIM cards from a shop in Burail on documents of a Jagatpura resident. Amarjit who used to run a mobile phone shop had misused the documents (voter identity card) and photo to get the SIM cards.

“We are tracing the persons whose documents have been misused and on his complaint action would be taken,” said DSP Krishan Kumar.

On Monday, the accused were sent to judicial custody.

Accused called his accomplice after stealing

The accused Amarjit Singh had called his partner in crime Ajay after stealing money from the temple. The police went through the dump data of the area and got to know of the call made from the SIM number.

They traced the shop from which the SIMs were sold. During the questioning of card seller in Burail, police found that SIM cards were sold to Amarjit.

Notification on verification not being followed

In April 2016, the deputy commissioner had issued a notification that made it mandatory for all prepaid and postpaid mobile SIM card distributors, sellers and vendors to physically verify the original documents of the customers.

This was issued when it came to the fore that SIM card vendors in the city are selling SIM cards of all companies without seeing the original IDs of the purchasers and without getting the verification of documents and physical verification of the persons’ addresses.

Police sources said the vendors in the city issue SIM cards to buyers by filling up the pro forma of the cellular company and same is sent to them.

Based on this, companies further activate the SIM cards without making any physical verifications.