Illegal telephone exchange used for spying unearthed in Bengaluru, two arrested


Bengaluru, Jun 10 (IANS): Karnataka Police, and Military Intelligence (Southern Command), have together busted an illegal network, comprising six telephone exchanges, that were converting international calls to local calls, and also ferreting out information from Indian army exchanges, and personnel.

Two persons, hailing from Tamil Nadu and Kerala, have been arrested in the city on June 7, a statement issued by the police said. They have been identified as Ibrahim Pulatti of Malappuram, Kerala, and V. Gautam of Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu, residing in BTM Layout of the city.


V Gautam (left) and Ibrahim Pulatti

The duo had established a network of six illegal telephone exchanges in BTM Layout. Using 30 electronic devices fitted with 32 sim cards each for their operations, the illegal telephone exchanges converted international calls into local calls.

Indian Army officials went into alert mode when their Siliguri helpline began recieving several suspicious calls seeking information on troop movements in April. The army located the calls to Bengaluru, and contacted the city police.

A joint raid conducted by the Anti-Terrorist Cell (ATC) on June 7, led to the arrest of the two persons, while a Hawala operator has been arrested from Bhatkal in coastal Karnataka.

Bengaluru city police commissioner, Kamal Pant said that the arrested persons are being charged with defrauding the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and the exchequer, by illegally creating a telephone exchange.

Meanwhile, an Army Intelligence and law enforcement press note, said that the arrested men are also accused of "disrupting the country's security".

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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  • Rajesh B Shetty, Udupi

    Fri, Jun 11 2021

    someone will read it.

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  • S Shetty, Tulunaad

    Fri, Jun 11 2021

    Eeer vote padojji anna, padunakul paduver

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  • S Shetty, Tulunaad kudla, odipu, kasrod

    Fri, Jun 11 2021

    ha ha ha , let them do isro as well

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  • Dr Sandeep K R, Kasaragod

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    This was attempt for Ghazwa e hind, Be alert True Indians

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  • sense_shetty, MAngalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Please spy on the politicians ..

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  • Omar, Mysore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    There would be more such news , aap chronology samajiye - UP elections ke liye yeh sab tayyari karni hai… PULWAMA kiya hum notebandi jaise adbhut gatna cover hogaya… COVID aur UP ke liye humara everlasting formula Pakistan and Muslmaan ko pryog karenge phir AndhBhakts humein phir de vote denge…nahin to EVM zindabaad 😂😂😂

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    ಕರೆಲ government might offer them award for "Tech Innovation 2021"...

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    The operation looks to me as a mini-Skype process - where Internet calls are translated to 'local' (most likely to landlines where people do not have Internet) calls. Nothing really anti-national about it. It most likely is not illegal. How exactly they are defrauding the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is beyond me - when various Internet services are already available that replicate the good old 'telephone' calls.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    oh ಮಲಯಾಳಿ ಇನ್ disguise --- pls read properly..... "also ferreting out information from Indian army exchanges, and personnel."

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  • DP, Balmatta

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    kbr... Do not believe what you read. Russia is a master of it called brainwashing /disinformation news.

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  • ragada, mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    let cbi to investigation.... may be link with isis....

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  • harsha, mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    pinarayi sarkar mei gunda logo hi rehtha hai

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  • S. M F, Mlore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Aur BJP mein kaun rehta hai? Sare satya Harishchandra hai kya?

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  • JK, Udupi/Dubai

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Sometimes when people call from overseas to India, those who receive the call says it shows Indian number. This is because of this illegal telephone exchange I believe!!!!

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  • Jason Dias, Niddodi/Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    I doubt the first guy is Gautam, he could turn out to be Ghulam, he is hiding his original identity !!!

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Aadhaar should be made compulsory for a telephone/cell service, many crimes can be prevented.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    These treacherous Bandicoot's, antecedents will be investigated by our agencies....

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  • kujuma, mangaluru

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    corona pandemic and lock down is pushing people to find alternative ways to make a living..earlier this profession was the monopoly of a particular minority community now the majority also involved as there is no work.. hope the guy of majority will not be termed mental..we know for sure that others will be treated with iron hand.

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  • Prabhu, Karkala

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    One should check credentials of people with whom we are working.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    because of brainy and cent per cent and progressive etc. etc. only ಮಲ್ಲು having talent and aptitude for this type of activities...

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  • Carlton Saldanha, Shirva/New York

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Bhatkal is a Black spot on Indian map.

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  • Sundar, Mulki

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    People from Bhatkal are main players in International Hawala racket.

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  • Oldie, Mumbai

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Hawala was taught by gulf based gujju hindus to mussalmans in the early 1970s. We cannot deny this fact. This was originally a network of gujarathis from Oman and Dubai who were dealing in Hawala earlier. Ask old time gulfies who are now in their 80s, and they will tell you...

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  • A Nazreth, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    The features of this Gautam guy says a lot, Not sure if he is really 'Gautam' . The cops have to insist he starts singing soon.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    even the second person could be ಮಲ್ಲು with TN address... quite possible... Tiruppur, TN shares border with KL... similar to Mangalore...

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    This is strange. If it is true as it is made out in the article, this act is anti-national activity and clearly a case of espionage and should be treated so instead of the charge "defrauding the Telecom Regulatory Authority". A detailed investigation to understand the motive and their handlers should be unearthed.

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  • william, mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    My kind request to all to not to blindly follow Modi's advise to do any kind of job to become Atmanirbar. His advise to do any kind of job is only a time pass talk in mann ki bath. In fact he himself become haggard and exhausted by working round the clock for some business tycoons only and failed miserably to perform his commitments as a PM.

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  • Sundar, Mulki

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    By tracing there international connection wants to find out people who are involved in it. Wants to take help of other countries deport those people to India for further investigation. Desha Drohis.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Why bring in Modi here? These scoundrels should better understand, do any kind of job doesn't mean setting up parallel telephone or internet networks.

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  • Navneeth, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    everything Modi. anyone commits a crime its due to Modi.

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  • Abdul, Vidya Nagar, Kasaragod.

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Mallu shaining evey where.

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  • Sundar, Mulki

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    It looks like a big network wants to bust from bud and to know whoever involved in it. Anti National activities are going on with international agents may be having other similar locations involved with it. Not to take it lightly. Should handover to NIA to bust more information. People who tracked down there hide-outs should be praised.

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  • Sameer, Riyadh

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Perhaps they got motivated by Modiji's atmanirbhar yojana..... Ulta latkao kaminon ko...

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  • Shetty, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Have you got Modi phobia? Please get treated.

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