The Indian Army has filed an FIR against Airtel and the All Tribal Students Union of Manipur (ATSUM) for distributing pre-activated SIM cards without verification as this not only constituted a grave security threat but was also in direct contradiction of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) guidelines.
On 21 July, the army formation at Manipur learnt that ATSUM was giving pre-activated Airtel SIM cards. It also came to light that the number of such SIM cards was about 2000 and these cards in the possession of militants would adversely impact the military functioning in the area.
The Airtel head at Guwahati was intimated about it and he promised to look into the matter, but no action was taken yet.
Later, the Army filed an FIR against Airtel as well as ATSUM on 24 July.