Illegal Telephone Exchanges, Allegedly Used To Spy On India, Busted In Maharashtra

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Acting on a tip off from a military intelligence agency based in J&K, the Maharashtra ATS and Latur district police have busted illegal VoIP (voice over internet telephony) exchanges that were reportedly being used by Pakistan intelligence agencies for espionage operations in India, sources said.

Two persons who were arrested in this connection have been given 4 days police custody.

The police allege that the accused were running the illegal telephone exchanges through which worldwide VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) calls were routed through local mobile numbers.

In first of the three raids, 96 SIM cards, a computer and three machines for call transforming (illegal worldwide gateways) were seized. They used to convert a VOIP call from overseas into a voice call illegally and transfer that voice call to a call receiver in India through the illegal global gateway.

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The raids were conducted on Friday jointly by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, Latur Police and the Department of Telecommunications on the basis of military intelligence in Jammu and Kashmir. As per Telecommunication Department officials, these illegal exchanges have caused a revenue loss of ₹15 crore to the country. This was being run for the past six months. Total 64 Sim cards, one laptop, two unauthorised global gateway machines and other material were recovered from him.

In quick succession, a rented room of the second suspect was raided. As per the preliminary verification by DOT officials indicates a loss of revenue to the exchequer to the tune of about Rs 15 Crores.

In quick succession, another raid at a house located 50 kilometers away was conducted and 64 Sim cards, one laptop, 2 unauthorised worldwide gateway machines and other material we're seized.

The man had been running the illegal centre for the past five months and also used to sell sim cards.

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