Two more accused arrested in Thane CDR racket

Praveen Samuel

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The Thane Police Crime Branch on Wednesday made two more arrests in connection with the call data records (CDR) racket busted last month. The police told that one of the two accused obtained CDRs for private detectives by fraudulently using the official email address of the Superintendent of Police, Mr.Yavatmal. Thane Crime Branch officers told that Ajinkya Nagargoje and Jaspreet Singh, both residents of Pune, were picked up from Pune on Wednesday after interrogation of the previously arrested accused indicated their involvement in the racket. Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr. Abhishek Trimukhe, Thane Crime Branch told that Mr. Nagargoje is a software engineer and was given the contract to create the website of the Yavatmal police. During this time, he was working out of the Yavatmal police cyber cell office, and secretly and illegally noted down the password used to access the official email account of the Yavatmal SP. He later used the password to log in to the account and obtained CDRs of civilians from cellular service providers, which he sold to the private detectives arrested earlier. The police have found out that Mr. Nagargoje has so far obtained and sold 111 CDRs to various private detectives, and are conducting further inquiries against him. Police Officers told that Mr. Singh’s arrest, meanwhile, has revealed a separate racket that was being run by private detectives, where subscriber detail records (SDRs) of postpaid customers were being illegally obtained and provided to clients. Mr. Trimukhe  told that Mr. Singh was employed with a private firm to which Vodafone had outsourced its back office work. He would supply SDRs of customers to the detectives as per their needs for a price. The duo were brought to Thane on Wednesday and will be produced in court on Thursday, where the police will seek their custody for further interrogation. The search is still on for Delhi resident Saurabh Sahoo, who is alleged to have provided a large number of CDRs to several private detectives, including the five already under arrest.A team is currently in Uttar Pradesh on his trail. Wednesday’s arrests bring the total number of arrests in the case to seven. The police have so far arrested four private detectives based in Navi Mumbai and Rajani Pandit, India’s first female private detective, based in Dadar. The police are now finding out details about the clients to whom the detectives sold the CDRs. The police will check if they willingly, and with full knowledge of illegality, sought CDRs from the detectives. The Crime Branch told that “If the clients are found to be willing participants, they, too, will face action,”.

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