Mumbai: Dawood Ibrahim’s gang have set up illegal phone exchange to route international calls

Mumbai: In a recent development, the Thane crime branch has come across suspicious international numbers in the case of the extortion case registered against underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, his brothers Anees Ibrahim and Iqbal Kaskar at Thane nagar police station.

According to a crime branch official, “While going through the Call Details Records (CDR) of the accused, we have found that the international calls were routed from Karachi in Pakistan to Dubai. The calls were made by Anees Ibrahim from Pakistan to the accused builder Bharat Jain and to threaten the complainant builder Shyam Sunder Agarwal in Mumbai.”

The police suspect that the D-gang might have set up an illegal telephone exchange to route the calls. The illegal telephone exchanges used gadgets to route international Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) calls to local mobile numbers as voice calls illegally. These calls would be transferred to the beneficiary (call receiver) via illegal international gateway machines.

Another officer said that the fraud works by bypassing the network used normally for international calls. “As per the law, these calls have to pay tariff as per international calls.  It is known as the SIM box fraud. The SIM box fraud masks international calls as local calls.”

The accused builder Jain had met Anees  at his office in Dubai several times. At the behest of the accused  Jain, the complainant  Agarwal , a builder from Bhayender who had purchased the 38 acres land was threatened by Anees. The complainant  from whom the D-gang had extorted Rs.3 crore was told by Anees that  Dawood had an interest in the property and that ‘bhai’ had already purchased the land at Gorai.” Dawood, Anees and their close aide Chhota Shakeel have several properties, offices and guest houses in Dubai and meetings were conducted between Anees and the accused Jain in Dubai for the Gorai land deal.

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