Illegal telephone exchanges routing calls via computer network and allegedly used by Pakistani intelligence agencies to access sensitive military information have been busted in Maharashtra’s Latur district. Two persons who were arrested in this connection have been given 4 days police custody. A joint team of the Maharashtra ATS, Latur police and telecommunication department had conducted raids at three places in Latur on a tip-off from a Jammu and Kashmir-based military intelligence agency. Two persons, Shankar Biradar and Ravi Sabde were arrested in this connection.
They were making use of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), a technology that allows a person to make voice calls using an Internet connection instead of a regular phone line. According to police sources, these type of illegal VoIP exchanges were used by Pakistan intelligence agencies to acquire sensitive military information. Equipments worth Rs 4,60,000 were seized during the raids. As per Telecommunication Department officials, these illegal exchanges have caused a revenue loss of Rs 15 crore to the country.