4 persons arrested in Odisha for illegally operating SIM Boxes

8 Jul 2017

Odisha Police today arrested four persons including two computer engineers here in Ganjam district on charge of illegally operating SIM Boxes, which are being used by gangsters to divert the ISD/STD calls by using fake SIMs.
The police nabbed the four persons based on the inputs of the Crime Branch of Mumbai which was probing into a case involving demand of Rs 2 crore ransom from a Mumbai based businessman. The ransom was allegedly demanded by one Suresh Pujarim, based in Hongkong, the police said. The accused persons arrested were identified as T Laxmi Narayan Sharoff, 31 of Chhatrapur, identified as the main organiser of the racket, Pradeep Kumar Choudhary (27) of Patapur,- the organiser, Suresh Kumar Satapathy (30) of Kharavela Nagara, Berhampur (the SIM supplier and Suresh Kumar Sahu, 32 of Berhampur, who regulate and operate the fake SIMs.
Police also seized at least five China-made SIM Boxes, several fake SIM cards and ID proofs from their possessions. They were jointly operating like a mini telephone exchange named as S World-an outlet at Utkal Ashram Road here, said sub divisional police officer, Berhampur Sadar, Ashok Kumar Mohanty. The outlet was seized and further investigation was launched. "We have also investigation about their link with the gangster Chhota Rajan, as one of his associate Suresh Pujari used the SIM Box of S World Berhampur and demanded a ransom of Rs 2 crore from a real-estate businessman in Mumbai" said the SDPO.