Two persons arrested in inter-State cyber crime racket in Odisha’s Puri
Five mobile phones and 31 SIM cards have been seized and efforts to obtain details of all these SIM Cards and arrest other accused persons are on, police said.
Puri: Police today claimed to have busted an inter-State cyber crime syndicate in the Sri Jagannath Temple Bhakt Nibas cyber fraud case by arresting two persons in this connection. The accused, identified as Chandan Singh (27) of Keonjhar and a JIO SIM salesperson and middleman Goutam Sahoo (39) of Bhadrak, were reportedly duping tourists by creating a fake website for booking of rooms in the pilgrim city.
They were nabbed basing on the complaint filed by Administrator (Development), Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) AK Jena who reached out to police in November last year alleging that someone has created a fake website in the name of Nilanchal Bhakta Nibas using a mobile number 7735227692 in the webpage and had cheated many persons by taking money towards booking of rooms. During investigation, it was found that a
a module was operating to defraud tourists and the principal accused traced to Gobardhan police limits in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. It was ascertained that the SIM card used in the crime was issued by Chandan and later sold to the fraudster through Goutam and another accused from Alwar (Rajasthan). Chandan had reportedly sold more than 100 pre-activated SIM Cards to the criminals through this channel for committing the cyber fraud.
Official sources informed that Chandan is working as JPM and Goutam as DSS under JIO Digital, Bhadrak. Goutam was arrested by Dwaraka Cyber PS in Delhi in connection with one such fraud case in October 2022 and is out on bail. Puri police is taking steps for his bail cancellation. Five mobile phones and 31 SIM cards have been seized and efforts to obtain details of all these SIM Cards and arrest other accused persons are on, police said.
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