Indian Govt bans pre-paid cell because of "separatists"

Sarad AV jtrjtrjtr2001 at
Tue Feb 3 23:48:16 PST 2004


The threat from seperatists is very real from north
eastern states of india, the terrain is full of
mountains and jungle, the army itself go in big groups
in this region. Private gun owner ship(smuggled) are
very high in this part of the country.


--- Bill Stewart <bill.stewart at> wrote:
> The Indian government has banned the sale of
> pre-paid cash cards for cell
> phones in the northeastern states of Assam and
> Meghalaya, allegedly
> because separatists have bought lots of them for
> hard-to-trace
> communications.  Reliance Telephone, who runs cell
> service in those areas,
> didn't feel they had a choice about complying.  (If
> it were VSNL, the
> former telecom monopoly, that'd be no surprise, but
> Reliance is a big
> competitor.)  Consumer groups are extremely upset
> and vocal (at least
> until their current phone cards run out, at which
> point they'll become
> much quieter...)  We'll see how long Bogus Homeland
> Security can override
> consumers and smugglers.-- 
> Bill Stewart bill.stewart at

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