Srinagar: For pre-paid subscribers, recharging account has become a cumbersome exercise in Kashmir valley, as the state police have directed the dealers to examine the documents of the customers before selling the recharge coupons.

Moreover, the dealers have been asked to submit details of the phone numbers and concerned subscribers to the police every fortnight.

Talking to the reporter, local shopkeeper Jawed Ahmad said, “We have stopped providing recharge coupons and similar services as it is very difficult to check the documents of all the customers and submitting their details to the police.”

 Another recharge coupon dealer Mushtaq Ahmed said, “Such a decree enforced by the police is not justified.”

Sharing his plight, a customer said, “no one in my family has a post-paid connection. We had completed all formalities while buying the pre-paid connections. But now who will stand in a queue to recharge mobile phones?”

However, IPG Commissioner SM Sahai says, “The process is being adopted for safety reasons. The pre-paid mobile recharge dealers do not need to come to police stations to submit the list of customers as they can simply mail it.”

SSP Srinagar Ashiq Hussain Bukhari said that the prepaid mobile is increasingly being used by miscreants and terrorists; therefore registration of recharge will curb this practice.

Moreover, prepaid internet connection is also being recharged in the same way.