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Inter-state gang of i-phone lifters busted, three traders arrested


34 mobile phones, i-pad worth Rs 25 lakh recovered

Indore : Local crime branch police on Saturday arrested three persons including two traders of Dollar Market with i-phones worth Rs 25 lakh. Dollar market is situated at Jail Road, which is city’s commercial hub. The accused used to buy stolen i-phones from other cities and sell them to China, Thailand, Bangladesh and Nepal. They were involved in this trade for last three years. One of their accomplices is on the run. He was involved in selling mobile phones other than i-phones after changing International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra had instructed crime branch to trace people involved in the crime. Crime branch team received information that three persons in a car are trying to sell stolen mobile phones. After information, police cordoned off the area and detained three persons named Manish Tejwani, his brother Bharat Tejwani, residents of Shivdham Colony, and Shahbaz Khan of Juna Risala. Crime branch team recovered six mobile phones including five i-phones from Manish, five i-phones and other company’s phones from Bharat and six i-phones from Shahbaz. An i-20 car was also recovered from the accused.

During questioning, Manish tried to mislead police but later confessed his crime and said he used to bring stolen mobile phones from Mumbai and Delhi and sold them in foreign countries. Bharat told police that he used to buy stolen mobile phones from other cities and would give them to Manish to sell them. After interrogation, police recovered 34 mobile phones (29 i-phones), an i-pad worth Rs 25 lakh from the accused.

Accused Manish runs a mobile shop in Dollar Market in partnership with Bharat and Kamal. He later started buying stolen i-phones from Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Punjab for selling them in the foreign countries in order to earn more profit. He used to give other phones to Kamal who would change their IMEI and sell them. The accused also revealed names of other people who gave them stolen mobile phones.

Manish told police that IMEI numbers of i-phone cannot be changed so they used to sell parts of mobile phone in foreign countries. Manish had obtained tourist visa for six months and visited foreign countries to sell stolen i-phones. The persons who sold them stolen mobile phones are also being searched by crime branch. Accused Bharat was earlier arrested by Pahadganj and Rajendra Nagar police in Delhi in connection with mobile phone theft.

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