Karnataka Police and Military Intelligence (Southern Command) have together busted an illegal network. In this, with the help of six telephone exchanges, people connected to the network were illegally converting international calls into local calls. The gang members were also taking information from the exchanges and personnel of the Indian Army.
A statement issued by the police said that two people hailing from Tamil Nadu and Kerala were arrested from the city on June 7. They have been identified as Ibrahim Pulatti of Malappuram, Kerala and V. Gautam of Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu, a resident of BTM Layout in the city. The duo had set up a network of six illegal telephone exchanges in BTM Layout. Illegal telephone exchanges converted international calls into local calls, using 30 electronic devices fitted with 32 SIM cards each for their operations.
Indian Army officials were alerted when their Siliguri helpline started receiving several suspicious calls in April seeking information about army movements. The Army traced the call to Bengaluru, and contacted the city police. In a joint raid conducted by the Anti-Terrorism Cell (ATC) on June 7, two persons were arrested while a hawala operator was arrested from Bhatkal in coastal Karnataka.
Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said those arrested have been accused of cheating the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and the exchequer by illegally creating a telephone exchange. Meanwhile, army intelligence and law enforcement press notes said those arrested have also been accused of obstructing the country’s security.