June 18, 2009

Indian Police Held Man With Bangladeshi SIM

Indian Police on Tuesday arrested a 30-year-old man on charges of supplying Bangladesh's Grameen Phone SIM cards to trans-border smugglers, fake currency suppliers and militants active along the Indo-Bangladesh border in Dhubri district. A police team in Dhubri arrested Abdul Karim from Dharmasala area near Daspara border outpost. They also recovered two Grameen Phone SIM cards. Cops suspect he was working as a conduit for smugglers and militants as the phone was active on local network on the Indian side of the border.

DSP (Dhubri) S Baruah said, "The arrested man's name is Karim. During interrogation he confessed to bringing the SIM cards from Bangladesh and supplied to various customers across Dhubri district. We suspect he works as a mole for smugglers and have information that smugglers and fake currency suppliers are using Grameen Phones to stay in touch with their agents in Bangladesh. We are probing if he had any links with militants."

Grameen Phone SIM is accessible without any document unlike Indian SIMs. Many Indians living along the border are found using the Bangladesh telecom network. Dhubri district shares about 134 kilometers border with Bangladesh and the area has turned into a hub for criminals and smugglers. Thousands of cattle from India are smuggled into Bangladesh everyday and fake Indian currencies have also flooded the markets.

The border areas are also stronghold of terrorists with security forces. Recently several members of Bangladesh-based Huji, Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam (MULTA) and Kamatapur Liberation Army were arrested and killed in the area.


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