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Private telecom company to lose Rs 50 lakhs
Correspondent SHILLONG, SEPT 3:
Published on 3 Sep. 2009 11:25 PM IST
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A private telephone company in the state is will lose Rs 50,00,000 if the charges are proved that it violates guideline of the Department of Telecommunication (DOT) in issuing SIM cards. DOT sources said here yesterday that if the violation of its guidelines in issuing sim cards by the private mobile phone service providers is proven, they stand to lose minimum of Rs 50,000 per card. ‘’The police are yet to register complaint in this matter,’’ DOT official said. Due to the security concern in the Northeast, the government has issued strict guidelines to all the private cell-phone service providers in issuing SIM cards, the sources said. Recently, Police has arrested one person for carrying more than hundred SIMs for a company registered in different fictitious names in Shillong. The racket came to light during the investigation of threatening calls and ransom demand received by former Deputy Chief Minister Deborah Marak, the police said. Police has also questioned the officials of a particular company about uncontrolled sale of cards without proper verification of the identity of the customers. It had taken the case seriously and would report the incident to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and the Union Home Ministry as it is concerning the security of the state, the police added.

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