‘Phones of a few leaders rendered useless by blocking IMEI codes’
SRINAGAR: After the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani in July last year, phone lines of pro-freedom organisations and leaders that were disconnect by authorities have not been restored yet.
Also, a few leaders from both factions of Hurriyat Conference complained their phones had been rendered useless by blocking their IMEI codes.
In a statement, Awami Action Committee said the state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited snapped telephone lines of Nigeen office and residence of its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq a day after Burhan’s killing.
“Phones numbers 2414229, 2477158 2429813 are not working despite clearing all dues,” said its spokesman.
He said that despite repeated reminders, BSNL authorities failed to restore the telephone lines and also did not furnish any explanation.
The spokesman said that IMEI code of mobile phones of the Mirwaiz, Hurriyat spokesman Shahid ul Islam, political secretary Abdul Majeed Banday and Manan Bukhari were blocked.
“Our mobiles were made useless by blocking the IMEI code,” the spokesman said.
Hurriyat Conference general secretary Shabir Ahmad Shah’s phone lines and mobile phone were also snapped. Shah’s close aide Sheikh Zameer said their organisation’s official and Shah’s personal phone at his home stands disconnected.
“Shah sahib’s and my mobile IMEI codes stand blocked,” he said.