Kerala man arrested for running parallel telephone exchange in Bengaluru, terror activities suspected

Bengaluru central crime branch has arrested Malappuram (Kerala) native Ibrahim Pullattil (36) and his companion for running a parallel telephone exchange illegally in the city. During the search, 30 sim-box devices capable of handling 960 SIM cards were found, reports said.

Parallel exchanges send telephone calls from overseas to local customers without the knowledge of the Department of Telecommunications. Joint Commissioner Sandeep Patil said the illegal act can be used for activities affecting the security of the state.

International phone calls were illegally converted into local calls using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). They change the way calls are received from local numbers. This is an illegal act by the telecom service providers in the country. This will result in loss of government tax and compensation to telecom companies for every international call.

Ashraf (33), a native of Kozhikode, was arrested in March last year by the Bangalore Central Crime Branch for conducting parallel telephone exchanges at night under the guise of a tea shop in Bangalore. Based on the information received from Ashraf, after further investigation, two more people, including a Malayali, were arrested. 

The investigating agency is probing the terror angle since there is a high probability of using this facility for terrorism-related activities.