THANE: A long-flourishing operating from four flats in a residential tower at Mumbra was busted following the arrest of three persons by the Mumbra police early on Tuesday. The police claim to have found a country-made pistol and five rounds from these apartments.
Police said they were on their night surveillance duty in the vicinity of Kadar Palace when they were alerted about the telephone exchange being operated from hi-tech machines and the internet.

“ Around 4am, our police team swooped down on the flats and caught the men unawares. Equipment like routers, call transfer machines, 292 sim cards and other material worth Rs 14 lakh were seized from these flats. The trio who would use the internet to make Voice over (VOIP) calls were also arrested,” said joint commissioner of police Madhukar Pandey.

The trio that is being probed for the racket includes Sehzad Nissar Shaikh, Shakil Iqlaq Ahmed Shaikh and Mohammad Halim Mukhtar Ahmed Khan. Police are looking for the fourth member of the gang, Wasimullah Iqlakh Ahmed Shaikh, who is now on the run.

“The seizure includes 292 sim cards of different companies as well as 19 telephone exchanges and 39 routers. The exchange has resulted in losses of revenue to the mobile operators and the government. We are yet to calculate the duration of calls and the total calls made and for how long this exchange has been operational,” added Pandey.

The operators routed the international calls through these exchanges using the VOIP technology via an application to bypass regular ISD calls. The calls were routed to VOIP using the internet connection to the sim box and IP address by logging in the user name and password and were transferred to the cell phone users, said the officer.

Most of the calls were exchanged between users’ relatives settled abroad, added the officer.

International calls were routed through the exchanges in the Mumbra flats using VOIP via an application to bypass regular ISD calls. The calls were routed to VOIP using internet connection to the sim box and IP address

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