February 8, 2023

BENGALURU EXPRESS

Truth Triumphs

Police bust international calls racket, take six into custody

Bengaluru, June 1: In a major breakthrough city police have busted converting international calls from the Middle -East countries as local calls leading to huge loss to the state exchequer. Cops have carried out raids in Bengaluru and Kerala.

Cops have arrested a gang of 6 members. By misusing the technology they were making threatening calls. One of the accused had threatened Chandrahas. M, a resident of Nettanige Mudnur village near Puttur in Dakshina Kannada district that he would be dead like Hindu activists Sharath Madivala. The police are investigating the case and have assured to take it to logical conclusion.

The accused operated in Mahadevapura. They have obtained SIP Trunk Call Device from Airtel which is used in call centers. They had opened a fraud company in the name of Icon Tours and Travels and taken a landline with 180 ports to carry out their nefarious plans, police explained.

The police have seized a SIM box device, Primary Rate Interface (PRI) Device and STP Trunk Call Device, which were used by the accused to convert international calls as local calls.

Using these devices the accused converted VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) calls to local GSM calls, police said.

The accused rented houses in multiple locations in Bengaluru. They obtained BSNL sim cards of UP, MP, West Bengal and other states. The police have seized 16 SIM Box Devices, 2 SIP Trunk Call Devices, 9 Primary Rate Interface Devices, 5 laptops, 6 routers, 205 BSNL SIM cards.

Police explained that it is not possible to track and trace international calls and the calls won’t come under any regulation. The person who receives calls would only see the numbers.     

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