The international roaming SIM card used by the killers of crime reporter J Dey was manufactured in Italy and dispatched to London from where it was purchased before being brought to Mumbai, crime branch officers revealed on Friday.
The SIM card used by sharpshooter Satish Kalia had been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Kalina for testing. An FSL official, talking on condition of anonymity said, “Every SIM card has a unique Integrated Circuit Identification Code Number (ICICN) through which we found that this particular SIM card was made in Italy.”
“We tracked the Italian company and there, we were told that the SIM card was sent to London,” said a crime branch officer, requesting anonymity. “We contacted the shop in London from where the SIM card was purchased. On examining their records, we found that the SIM card was sold to a Dubai-based businessman.”
The officer said that the businessman gave the SIM card to Paulson Joseph, an alleged Chota Rajan aide. When the businessman returned to the city in the first week of September, the police questioned him and he led the crime branch to Joseph.
Joseph was arrested on September 5 for supplying the SIM card to the six shooters involved in the firing.
According to Kalia’s call records, which were accessed by HT, he received a call from the UK at 5.30pm on June 11 — the day Dey was shot outside his Powai residence. Following this, he received calls from the same number for the next few days as well as from Peru and Venezuela. The police however suspect that these calls may have been made from anywhere around the world.