The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission conducted an operation in Rohingya camps and surrounding areas at Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas of Cox's Bazar in collaboration with the local administration and Rapid Action Battalion.
A BTRC inspection team, led by its enforcement and inspection director MA Taleb Hossain, assistant commissioner (land) Md Taj Uddin and an executive magistrate, conducted the drive with the help of RAB-15 team from Hoaikang camp.
Drives were conducted at Kutupalong bazaar, Alam Market, Bakhtiyar Market, Ukhiya bazaar and Chowdhury Market of Court bazaar area.
A total fine of Tk 9 lakh and 70 thousand was imposed on several shops for selling fake and counterfeit mobile handsets, walkie talkies, and fake SIMs.
136 illegal and fake mobile handsets, walkie talkies, fake SIMs and other fake telecommunication equipment were seized, said a press release.
In addition, a drive was conducted in the office of the unlicensed internet service providers at Chowdhury Market in Court Bazar area of Ukhiya and various unauthorized telecommunication equipment were seized.