Man arrested for selling pre-activated SIM card to ISI spy

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 31, 2015 10:23 IST
Police arrested Ankush Khandelwal who was selling pre-activated SIM cards without any ID proof. One of such SIM cards was purchased by an ISI spy. (Representative Photo)

A 28-year-old resident of Rajasthan has been arrested by the Delhi Police for selling pre-activated SIM cards.

Joint commissioner of police (crime), RS Yadav said that the crime committed by accused Ankush Khandelwal posed a huge security risk because Khandelwal sold SIM cards to thousands of customers without verifying their identities.

At the time of his arrest, police recovered around 205 pre-activated SIM cards from his possession. The cards, police said were all registered on fake identity cards.

“SIM cards registered on fake identities are a huge risk. During our investigation of the espionage case, in which we have arrested five men on charges of spying (for ISI), we found that a Delhi Vodafone number was being used by one of the operatives. The number was issued from Delhi on a fake identity card. We then started our investigation trying to trace people who are into selling activated SIM cards,” said Yadav.

On Tuesday, police received information about Khandelwal, who allegedly sold SIM cards on fake identity cards. Yadav said that the police team launched a raid and arrested him. During interrogation, Khandelwal confessed that he sold the SIM cards for Rs 500 to any person who approached him. Police also recovered five mobile phones and 28 customer identification forms, which he was going to register this week.

The police said that Khandelwal holds a Masters degree in Political Science from Rajasthan University. Explaining his modus operandi, police said that Khandelwal ran a shop selling SIM cards and mobile phones. Khandelwal reportedly confessed that he would take several copies of the identity cards and photographs his clients submitted and used them to get more SIM cards.

Police are verifying the identity of the criminals who bought SIMs from Khandelwal.

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