Dimapur police has refuted a news item that appeared in a local daily on January 19 wherein it was alleged that Dimapur police “reportedly shelved” investigation on ‘Black SIM’ racket after the racket had been busted by police.
A press release issued by additional SP & PRO Dimapur, Watichujang….. termed the allegation as inaccurate and misreporting of news, denting the image of the police and its efforts being made to provide a safe and secure place for citizens of Dimapur.
He clarified the police had busted several ‘Black SIM’ rackets in Dimapur and racketeers arrested, while cases were being registered and investigated.
He stated that upon completion of the cases by the police, the accused racketeers were charge-sheeted and forwarded to court for trial and prosecution as per legal provisions.
Further, Watichujang….. said during investigation of the cases, police had on several occasions, written to regional managers of mobile service providers about illegal rackets and easy availability of SIM cards in the market without proper verification of subscribers’ identities and addresses.
Police also directed mobile service providers to initiate stringent steps to stop such illegal practices and to strictly adhere to terms and conditions laid down by telecom regulatory authority while issuing SIM cards to customers for security reasons, he added.
Meanwhile, Dimapur police welcomed the recent SIM re-verification drive stating the campaign should be carried out with urgency to curtail anti-social activities.