Gujrat Police has instructed CID (Crime) to initiate a check on service providers to ensure that SIM cards are sold legally and the phone numbers are duly maintained with the police.
Former Director General of Police S S Khandwawala had passed an order to this effect two months ago that has come into action this January.
The chief of CID (Crime) has been given the powers to act as the Law Enforcement Agency. As the nodal officer,he will maintain a database,and a Subscribers Data Record in the Gandhinagar office. Under instructions of the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI),he will maintain records that can be accessed by policemen across the state. The police commissioners and SPs will be given user ids to access the data online.
According to the order,the number portability was to start in January and to make data procurement easy for those numbers too,the nodal officer had to create a special password protected system.
The CID (Crime) chief has been asked to conduct regular meetings with the service providers and collect data of SIM cards that have been sold without collecting proper documents. The service providers will be warned to stop the services of these customers.
Police officers said service providers have several distributors and dealers to sell SIM cards without verification,especially in the district areas and towns,where this is an open practice. CID (Crime) will take actions against such distributors. The nodal officer will keep watch on the dealers in the sensitive areas of their cities or districts and conduct regular meetings with them.
The police said there have been instances where they have faced problems in getting call details. In the Priyanka Ramanuj murder case of 2010,the call details of her fiance were traced,but it was only after some pressure that the service provider gave the data to Sola police after two weeks.
With the new system in place,the investigating officers will have to directly contact CID (Crime) to get details of the customers,call details,residential addresses,proofs of identification submitted and so on. The state police has also given powers to the nodal officer to inform the DoT and TRAI and take legal action against those service providers found flouting rules. Service providers who refuse to provide the data will be penalised under Section 175 and 176 of the Indian Penal Code.