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 suspicion.

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 Kerala.

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.

Bureau Report