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Illegal telephone exchange busted

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In a joint operation, the Central Crime Branch with the help of Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring Cell (Term Cell) officials busted an illegal telephone exchange which was converting international calls to local telephone calls, thus causing loss worth crores of rupees to the State exchequer.

Based on a tip-off from Term Cell officials, a team of the CCB raided Network Solutions firm situated in Electronics City and sealed the firm.

According to police the owner of the firm, identified as Vijay Mohan Agarwal, and Amit Kumar Jain, businessmen from Ghaziabad and Delhi, had set up the unit last July. The accused had set up an illegal telecom exchange with the help of routers, MDN ports and metro ethernet purchased from Reliance company for an estimated cost of Rs 3.9 crore. The duo offered cheap rates to consumers to make STD calls. Using these equipment they would convert ISD calls to local calls, bypassing BSNL and VSNL gates.

Officials estimated that the accused had caused Rs 2.7 crore loss to the State exchequer and the Telecom Department, R. Ramesh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime ), who supervised the raid, said.

Agarwal and Jain have managed to escape. Efforts are on to nab them, Mr. Ramesh added.

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