Seizure of some application forms for SIM cards have sent alarm bells ringing across the security establishment in Jammu and Kashmir. Reason: the forms have forged signatures of a Border Security Force (BSF) officer.
The 46 applications forms with forged signatures and stamp of a top BSF intelligence officer were seized by the police from an Aircel outlet in Kupwara in north Kashmir.
We have seized application forms that have purportedly forged identities, SP V K Birdhi told The Indian Express. The raid was conducted after BSF shared a tip-off with us.
Police are now hunting for the three men who allegedly procured the SIMs using the forged forms,Birdhi said. We have registered an FIR and are investigating the case, he said. Sources said police are also probing whether the SIM cards have landed in the hands of militants.
Three years ago,a similar case sent the security forces in a tizzy when a probe found the SIM card used to trigger a car bomb was procured by militants in the name of an armyman.
The application used to procure the SIM had a photograph of the army jawan in uniform,the name of his unit and address. A certificate attached with the form had the stamp of a Lieutenant Colonel.
Soon after the incident,cellular operators began a massive process of re-verification of cellphone subscribers in the valley and the Union government toughened guidelines for procuring SIM cards.