Pak installing mobile towers near Indian border: LS member

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the signals of the Pakistani mobile companies were penetrating 30 kilometres deep inside the Indian territory, which has "serious security implications".

Similar towers were also being set up on the Indo-Bangla border and the signals "are being used by smugglers to carry out their activities." The intentions were "mysterious" and India, which was a global power in IT, was not able to stop these signals, he said.

Terming it as a "technological invasion" which impacts India's sovereignty, he said, "India should take up this issue with Pakistan, not meekly but boldly." He also referred to the rampant violation of border ceasefire by Pakistan while making his point.

Raising a related matter, Bhupender Singh (BJP) said connectivity of state-run BSNL in Madhya Pradesh, both for mobile and landlines, has "collapsed" for the past five months and the people were suffering.

He demanded an enquiry into whether the network failure was "deliberately done to benefit the private operators."

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