Pramesh S Jain.Yogesh K Porwar
Continuing investigations into the Illegal telephone exchange racket,officials of the Anti terrorist cell of the CCB on Monday busted nine more illegal exchanges operating in the Southeast Division of the city.
The accused have been identified as Mohammed Basheer,51,Anees Attimannil,30,from Malappuram,Santan Kumar,29,Suresh Jayavelu, 32,and Jai Ganesh,30 from Thoothukudi,of Tamilnadu.
Senior officer told reporters,the Bengaluru city police received a credible information about the telephone exchange being operated in city the Military intelligence worte a letter to CID DGP,to track the number as the information was passed to CID DGP,PS Sandhu he immediately informed to Commissioner of police Kamal Pant to track the number.
Kamal Pant immediately passed the information to CCB Joint CP Crime,Sandeep Patil who immediately led a team of officials headed by ACP,Venugopal and team swung into action and tracked the number.
The team arrested two persons from BTM layout recently Based on the information provided by Ibrahim and others,the police raided the places in BTM Layout,Madiwala and Sudduguntepalya where the telephone exchanges are being operated.
The police also arrested five persons who are working for the kingpin Ibrahim Mullati,36, arrested earlier .
The CCB officials so far unearthed 15 illegal telephone exchanges operating in the Southeast Division alone .
The police seized 109 simboxes with 3000 SIM cards,23 laptops,14 UPS and 17 routers.
Investigations revealed that Santan is a sales executive of a mobile service provider company and sources 3000 SIM cards and sends them across to Basheer and Anees through Suresh and Jai Ganesh.
The accused are operating the telephone exchange for a few months and helping their customers at throw away prices converting international calls into local calls using the Simbox.
Such racket is not only incurring heavy loss to the state exchequer but also threat to the National security.
On June 9,the ATC cell in association with the military intelligence officials raided six places in Byrasandra,Taverekere and Madiwala,arrested Ibrahim Pullatti,36 and his associate Goutham Vishawanathan,27 and recovered 30 SIM boxes installed with 960 SIM cards to run the illegal telephone racket.
So far Bengaluru ATC cell arrests totally 7 people and seized 109 boxes,3000 SIM Cards based on Military intelligence.Accused used to route international calls to Army head quarters in Siliguri.Many Indian army officers were getting calls.NIA to join probe to find terror links.
Finally Chief Minister of Karnataka,BS Yediyurappa,Home Minister,Basavaraj Bommai,has appreciated,Director General and Inspector General of Police,Praveen Sood,Military intelligence unit team,CID,DGP,PS Sandhu and Bengaluru City Police Commissioner,Kamal Pant and his team as,Joint CP Crime,Sandeep Patil,DCP Crime-1,KP Ravikumar,ACPs,as,Venugopal,and other staff who has nabbed the notorious accused which at a time 3000 illegally procured SIMS can be used,important detection since this could be used for any illegal or subversive activities a timely action by the team has averted all their plans and a suitable reward will be given to the team for their excellent investigation in busting the racket he added.