Faiz Mohammad was named by the two accused arrested in the case
Pune: Sleuths from the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and Latur district police are investigating the role of a man from Hyderabad in connection with illegal telephone exchanges that were busted in Latur.
Sources said that Faiz Mohammad, a resident of Hyderabad, has been named by one of the two arrested accused as the man who helped him in setting up illegal exchanges. “Faiz and Ravi Sabde (27) were operating together from December 2016. We have booked Faiz also in the case,” a police officer said.
After getting a tip-off from the Army’s Military Intelligence (MI) unit in Jammu and Kashmir, a joint team of the Department of Telecommunications (Prosecution Branch) (DOT), Latur district police and Aurangabad unit of the ATS raided two houses in Latur on Friday night and busted the illegal exchanges. Army officials said that this modus operandi is used by Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI to acquire sensitive military information.
In the first case, the raid was conducted at the house of Shankarrao Biradar (33), who operated an illegal telephone exchange from his house ‘Matruchhaya’ in Prakash Nagar locality of Latur town. He led the cops to Ravi Rajkumar Sabde (27), who ran a similar exchange on the third floor of ‘Shivguru Kunj’ near Rajiv Gandhi Chowk on Ausa Road, Latur.
Sabde is a sim card dealer who used to supply sim cards to Biradar.
According to DOT officials, Sabde and Faiz had caused a loss of Rs 6.08 crore to the government exchequer while Biradar had caused a loss of Rs 9.12 crore. Both of them have been sent to police custody till June 22.
After the raids, over 175 sim cards, computers, modems, other equipment, totally worth Rs 4.6 lakh were seized. Sabde works as sim card distributor, police said. They had also raided accused’s’ premises in Janwal (in Chakur taluka) and Walandi (in Deoni taluka) of Latur district.
Offences have been registered at Shivaji Nagar and MIDC police station in Latur under relevant sections of the Indian Telegraph Act, Indian Wireless and Telegraph Act and Indian Penal Code.