Noida Police Arrest Two for Helping to Run Illegal Telephone Exchange

Noida Police have arrested two people for their alleged involvement in running an illegal telephone exchange and recovered items worth Rs. 30 lakh from the premises, officials said on Tuesday.

The defendants were identified as Sweety Sharma and Pankaj Saafi, both 32, police said. Sharma is a resident of Bisrakh while Safi belongs to Bihar, they added.

The arrests came after a complaint was filed by a deputy manager of Reliance Jio Infocomm alleging that a company Gate Great Digital Marketing Pvt Ltd in Sector 63 of Noida was running a bogus telephone exchange, they added.

Saad Miyan Khan, Additional Deputy Police Commissioner (Central Noida), said, “A police team from Sector 63 Police Station raided an illegal telephone exchange in Sector 63. We recovered routers, telephone lines and other equipment that have been used to illegally route international calls to local calls without payment of license fees”.

“We have arrested two people and filed a complaint under the provisions of Indian Telegraph Act and Indian Penal Code against them. We are also looking into the involvement of other people in the management of the telephone exchange,” Khan added.

Amit Kumar Maan, the officer from Sector 63 Police Station, said, “The two people who were arrested were in charge of switching on the machines and guarding the company premises.”

According to the police, during questioning, the accused disclosed that incoming calls would be converted by routers into local calls in which the accused would converse with people on Jio Infocomm’s network. The actions of the defendants caused a huge loss of government revenue, police said.

Noida Police recovered items worth Rs. 30 lakh including eight keyboards, 14 mice, five headphones, five laptop chargers, five router chargers, six computer desk cables, two concatenative wires , seven LCD monitors, six Internet routers, three Internet connection boxes, three processors, five servers, eight laptop computers, and three cell phones from different companies of the defendant.

An FIR under Articles 420 (deception and dishonest inducement to deliver goods) and 120B (repression of criminal association) of the CPI and Articles 4 (exclusive telegraph privilege and power to grant licences) , 20 (Unauthorized establishment, maintenance or operation of telegraph), 21 (Use of unauthorized telegraphs), 25 (Intentionally damaging or tampering with telegraphs) of the Indian Telegraph Act was filed against the accused.

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