Security agencies want powers to block numbers
New Delhi: In the wake of reports that
terror groups have purchased hundreds of SIM cards under false
names, security agencies have now approached the telecom
department for powers to block numbers on grounds of
The move comes following reports that several SIM cards,
especially from Jammu and Kashmir, have landed in the hands of
terror groups, including Lashker-e-Taiba, who used the SIMs
during 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.
According to sources, these terror groups have used fake
names to buy SIMs not only from Jammu and Kashmir but also
from other places like Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and
In the past, there have been instances when terrorists
from across the border have used local SIMs but claimed that
terrorism was indigenous rather than Pakistan-sponsored as the
SIMs were locally purchased.
At present, there is no mechanism in place wherein the
state police or any authorised security agency can ask the
service providers to block any SIM card.
SIM card or the subscriber identity module (SIM) stores
details to identify a subscriber on mobile telephony devices.