Khanna police arrest interstate gang selling stolen cellphones: The Tribune India

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Tribune press service

Ludhiana, August 9

Khanna police busted an interstate gang involved in selling stolen cellphones by falsifying their IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number.

The four arrested defendants were identified as Vijay Singh, a resident of Sonipat, Haryana, Ajay Kumar, Chandan Arora and Dheeraj, all residents of Ludhiana. Police recovered 310 tampered mobile phones, 485 mobile batteries, 16.5 kg of electronic waste (scrap) from mobile phones, a computer, NAND programming software and a mobile repair machine. A complaint has been filed against them.

SP (Investigation) Pragya Jain today held a press conference in this regard.

“On the instructions of SSP Ravi Kumar, Khanna Police disbanded the gang. Initially, one accused was caught at a naka with a few cellphones, but further questioning resulted in the recovery of 310 cellphones,” SP Pragya said.

The gang would replace the printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) of stolen cell phones, then sell the repaired phones at cheaper prices. These tampered refurbished phones become untraceable for law enforcement, SP Pragya added.

SP Pragya said a tip was received that Kanwaljit Singh from Model Town, Sonipat, Haryana sold stolen mobiles by changing their IMEI number and today he sent a person Vijay to deliver the mobiles to their customers in Ludhiana. Accordingly, the CIA team set up a naka on the road to Amloh from where the defendants were apprehended.

The SP said Kanwaljit’s arrest could lead to the identification of other members of the gang living in various states across the country. The owners of these mobiles have been tracked down to give them mobiles, she added.

Operating mode

Malefactors buy old mobiles from different companies as well as circuit board assembly at auction. They then replaced the PCBA of the stolen mobiles with the old ones bought at auction and they also changed the IMEI number with certain programming software. Later, they sold the same to their customers at cheap prices. The SP said these tampered phones could not be traced by law enforcement if used by criminals. The police will also check whether or not the accused was selling such mobile phones to criminals.

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