AHMEDABAD: The city crime branch on Monday busted an illegal telephone exchange operating from a commercial complex on CG Road in Navrangpura area where international calls were converted into local calls, causing huge financial loss to the country.
Officers of the city crime branch had got an input that Tabrez Kataria, a resident of Sarkhej, has been running an illegal telephone exchange where he facilitates the service of converting VOIP (voice over internet protocol) calls to the GSM (global system for mobile communication) calls for countries where internet calling are regulated.
Using an SIP (session initiating protocol) line, Kataria and his business partner, Dwayne Pereira from Pune, were providing this illegal service to their masters in Gulf countries.
Kataria had taken 100 SIP lines, using which he used to convert international calls made through internet into local calls. In past 11 days, they had facilitated 12.46 lakh calls, converting VOIP calls to GSM calls.
The masterminds of this scam used to sell calling slots to citizens of the Gulf countries and provide them calling facility at cheap rates.
Crime branch booked Kataria under the charges of breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy. Pereira is still on the run in the case.