Mumbai: Equipment used for illegal phone exchange seized

After the arrest of five people, cops conducted raids at three locations
After the arrest of five people, cops conducted raids at three locations

Days after five people were arrested for running a telephone exchange racket, the Anti-Terrorism Squad and Mumbai crime branch raided three different locations and seized equipment that were used in the process.

Acting on a tip off from a military agency based in Jammu & Kashmir, the ATS and Latur district police had busted the illegal companies, which used the voice over internet (VoIP) technology to route calls. They used to convert a VoIP call from abroad and transfer them to receivers in India through an illegal international gateway.

The arrested accused have been identified as Mohammd Nazim Khan, Shams Alam Shaikh, Shahid Jamal, Noor Mohammad Ashraf Shaikh and Nasir Hussain Kadar Hussain Shaikh. According to the police, Nazim set up the illegal business in Mumbai after he underwent training in China.

As part of the first operation on Tuesday, police raided the house of a 33-year-old man and found that he was running an illegal telecommunication unit. Computers, 96 sim cards and three machines used for transferring calls were seized from his house.

Based on further information, the cops raided a shop located 70 kilometres away and seized two call transfer machines, 14 sim cards and other materials. The police raided another house and recovered 64 sim cards, one laptop and two unauthorised international gateway machines from the spot.

Security threat
Speaking to mid-day, Mohan Kumar Dahikar, deputy commissioner of police, ATS, said, “The situation is quite dangerous, as the system does not allow agencies to trace the callers and receivers.”

5 - Total number of people arrested till now

3 - The number of locations where the police conducted raids

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