Illegal telephone exchange unearthed near Indo-Nepal border

Police unearthed an illegal telephone exchange near Indo-Nepal border and conducted raids on the house, One accused was arrested and investigation is underway.

By Author   |   Published: 6th Dec 2016   5:13 pm

Jalpaiguri: An illegal telephone exchange was unearthed in a house at Panitanki near Indo-Nepal border and one person arrested in this connection, police said on Tuesday.

The detective department of the Siliguri Police Commissionerate raided the house in New Market locality last night and arrested Ranvijay Singh, who was operating from there for around six months.

Police seized 190 Nepalese and Indian SIM cards, a large number of ATM cards, four laptops, three voter ID cards bearing the name of a single person, and five GSM Gateway Machines from his possession.

GSM Gateway Machines allow direct routing among various networks like analog, GSM, digital and Internet Protocol (IP).

Out of the 190 SIM cards found in his possession, 155 were Nepalese and the rest were Indian, the police said.

Singh, hailing from Siwan district of Bihar, had worked in Qatar in 2009 and then in Oman the next year. He started staying in Siliguri in 2015 and shifted to Panitanki this year, the police said.

Police were also investigating whether the man was involved in any other crimes.