In a significant development, the Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (STS) has unearthed an international call racket, which was collecting and passing sensitive information about India’s military operations to Pakistani ISI agents. The ATS has arrested four people, one of which is a brother of a BJP leader. The arrests have been made in Bhopal, Gwalior, and Satna. The ATS said that it is working on the case and more arrests will be made soon. All the arrested people have been charged under various sections of the Indian Telegraph Act and for waging war against the country. The ATS has seized a wide variety of Chinese equipment including SIM-boxes (machine that houses SIM cards) mobile phones, prepaid SIM cards of different telecom companies, laptops and data cards.
The modus operandi used by these people involved running a parallel telecom exchange, through which, Pakistan-based ISI agents would call up Indian military personnel posted in Jammu & Kashmir. These ISI agents would declare themselves as senior Army officials and gather information about army operations, deployment and strategic installations in the region. The numbers were spoofed to look like authentic, which is why army personnel got duped into revealing confidential information about the army’s movements.
It may be recalled that earlier in January, a similar racket was busted by Uttar Pradesh ATS. At that time, 11 people were arrested.