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Baranagar partner of Kasba telecom fraud accused arrested

Pritam Dutta had allegedly created a set-up at his Moiradanga Road house

Kinsuk Basu | Published 25.09.21, 08:57 AM
We will interrogate him further to understand how the two worked towards diverting international calls: Police officer.

We will interrogate him further to understand how the two worked towards diverting international calls: Police officer.

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The Special Task Force of Kolkata police arrested Pritam Dutta from Baranagar on the northern fringes of Kolkata on Friday for allegedly converting international calls into local ones by bypassing the international gateways for receiving ISD and VoIP calls using SIM boxes.

On Wednesday, the STF had arrested Amit Kumar Gupta from Swinhoe Lane in south Kolkata's Kasba area for allegedly installing a system that would illegally terminate ISD and VoIP calls and make them look like local calls.

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“Dutta and Gupta were partners,” a police officer said. “After Gupta’s arrest, he became alert and destroyed most of the SIM boxes. We will interrogate him further to understand how the two worked towards diverting international calls.”

The police said Dutta had set up several SIM boxes and other gadgets to divert the calls, in violation of the rules laid down by the department of telecommunication.

He had allegedly created a set-up at his Moiradanga Road house in Baranagar.


Two arrested for allegedly cheating businessman from Bihar

Two men were arrested at a guest house in the city on Friday for allegedly cheating a businessman from Bihar. 

Suraj Kumar, the businessman, was promised a loan against a payment of Rs 20,000 as ‘processing fee’. He was then called to Kolkata and asked to pay another Rs 2 lakh as ‘additional processing fee’.

Kumar suspected foul play and reported the matter to the cyber cell of the Bidhannagar commissionerate.

Prakash Mishra from Haryana and Rishit Panjak from Mumbai were arrested when they came to meet Kumar at the guest house in Bidhannagar where he was staying, police said.

The duo have been remanded in police custody for six days.

Last updated on 25.09.21, 08:57 AM
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