Mobile recharge stalled in Kashmir

Thousands of prepaid mobile subscribers in the Kashmir Valley were stumped on Thursday as vendors declined to recharge their connections on the police direction for proper verification of the users before each recharge.

“We have been told to maintain registers with complete details of those prepaid subscribers who approach us with recharge requests,” said Abdul Majid, a recharge shop vendor.

“The procedure is causing us a lot of problem. Complete details and verifications of prepaid phones have already been made before issuance of sim cards to the users by various service providers,” Majid said.

The local police have recently issued directions to telecom service providers in the Kashmir Valley to maintain records of those recharging their prepaid phones from time to time.

“This has been done to prevent misuse of prepaid cell connections in the valley. The service providers have been asked to furnish to us details of various recharges made through them every fortnight,” Ashaq Hussain Bukhari, senior superintendent of police of Srinagar district, told news agencies.

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