Electronic Weighing scale racket busted by Kamakshipalya police arrested gang selling hacked scales to shops to manipulate measurements

Yogesh K Porwar & Avanth Kumar Kankariya

The Kamakshipalya police on Friday busted electronic weighing scale racket and arrested a gang selling the hacked scales to the shops to manipulate the measurements through Printing Circuit Boards (PCB) chips which could be controlled through remotes .

The accused have been identified as Somashekhar,33, Naveen Kumar,30,Vinesh Patel,22,Rajesh Kumar,43, Vyatarayam,38,Meghanadham,38,Lokesh K,39,Lokesh S,24,Gangadhar,32,Anantaiah,44,Ranganath,38, Shivanna,51,Sanaullah,65,Vishwanath,54,Mohammed Ishaq,30 and Madhusudhan,24.

Based on a complaint against old paper mart,the police booked the owner under cheating,forgery and Fraudulent use of false instrument for weighing along with the various sections of legal Metrology act.

Based on the information provided by the owner of the shop,the police arrested 17 members involved in the racket and charged them under cheating,forgery, fraudulent use of false instrument for weighing and also under legal metrology act.

The accused have been identified as Somashekhar, 33, Naveen Kumar, 30, Vinesh Patel, 22, Rajesh Kumar, 43, Vyatarayam, 38, Meghanadham, 38, Lokesh K, 39, Lokesh S, 24, Gangadhar, 32, Anantaiah, 44, Ranganath, 38, Shivanna, 51, Sanaullah, 65, Vishwanath, 54, Mohammed Ishaq, 30 and Madhusudhan, 24.

Senior officer told reporters the accused Somashekhar and Naveen used to work in legal metrology department on contract as technicians to service the scales .

The accused learnt the art of how to manipulate the scales through PCB and remote sensors.They watched videos of you tube and mastered the con art.

The accused roped in their associates and contacted shop owners to proposed the idea of hacking scales and sold it to many. The police have raided the shops and recovered the hacked scales for further investigations.