ATS busts illegal international telephone exchange

ATS busts illegal international telephone exchange

Agency News

Mumbai, Aug 10: Maharashtra Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) has busted an illegal international telephone exchange and nabbed a seven member gang.

While addressing media persons here on Saturday, Maharashtra ATS Deputy Commissioner of Police Dr Vinay Rathod said that the gang is suspected to have cheated the exchequer of revenue worth an estimated Rs.37.50 crore.

“We are investigating whether this gang may have links with terrorists or terror and anti-national organisations, since the names of the caller and called parties are not known in such illegal telephone exchange. We also probing the gang’s connections to the ‘hawala’ operators,” Rathod said.

The accused arrested on Friday were identified as Faisal Batliwala, 28, Sameer Deoraj, 30, Nasseem Khan, 29, Imtiaz Sheikh, 38, Hyssain Syed, 39, Mandar Achrekar, 36 and Sibtan Merchant, 33, and the raids were carried out at their homes or shops in the five locations.

Giving details, he said that total of seven ATS teams nabbed the seven accused after raiding five locations in Mumbai, Raigad and Thane and they are Govandi, Masjid Bunder and Worli (Mumbai), and Panvel and Kalyan in Raigad and Thane respectively.

The ATS has also seized a Dell server, 9 inboxes, 3 laptops, 4 desktops, 7 WiFi routers, 2 Internet Terminating Switches and 11 cellphones and 513 SIM cards, totally valued at around Rs 6.50 lakhs. (UNI)