Ahmedabad: A Pune resident has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the illegal telephone exchange operating from a commercial complex on C G Road in Navrangpura where international calls were converted into local calls, causing huge financial loss to the country.
The city crime branch arrested main accused Riyaz Shaikh. He ran Fiber Story Communications along with his company director Dwayne Michael He revealed that he was operating the illegal telephone exchange withfriend Farzan Ali from Gir Somnath.
On December 6, cops busted an illegal telephone exchange at C G Road. Officers got an input that Sarkhej resident Tabrez Kataria was running an illegal telephone exchange where he converts VOIP (voice over internet protocol) calls to GSM (global system for mobile communication) calls for countries where internet calling is regulated. Using an SIP (session initiating protocol) line, Kataria and his business partner, Dwayne, were providing this illegal service to their masters in Gulf countries. Cops said the two along with Dubai resident Rafiq Babu were running the racket. Kataria revealed Riyaz’s name and the cops arrested him on December 16.
Officers said that on checking Riyaz’s phone data, it was revealed that he was in contact with Pakistani citizens. The cops are now on the lookout for one Farzan Ali Kadari whom Riyaz was in contact with. Calls coming fom UAE, Gulf countries were diverted through these exchanges incurring a loss of Rs 3.66 crore to the country. In past 11 days, they had facilitated 12.46 lakh calls, converting VOIP calls to GSM calls.