Bijnor: An illegal telephone exchange being run in a residential house in Nai colony in Bijnor’s Afjalgarh town was busted by police on Friday night. Householder Shaukeen Ahmad was arrested and electronic equipment, including a computer, internet roster, gateways and 63 SIM cards, were seized. His accomplice, Farman Ahmad. is on the run.
During questioning, Shaukeen revealed that through the illegal telephone exchange, he “helped” locals to make calls to foreign countries. He said and his cousin, Farman, used the equipment to hack into the telecommunication system of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to facilitate calls to foreign countries, primarily Saudi Arabia.
Dharamveer Singh, police superintendent of police, said acting on a tip-off about the illegal exchange being run by Shaukeen from Meghpur village, police raided the premises.
Shaukeen revealed that he had made lakhs out of hacking the BSNL telecommunication system.
A case has been registered against the accused under IPC section 420 (cheating) and 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and provisions of the Information Technology Act. A probe is on, the SP added.