2,531 active SIMs seized in Mymensingh
Police seized illegal VoIP (voice over internet protocol) equipment, including 2,531 active SIMs, and arrested three people in this connection from a house in Mymensingh town on Wednesday night.
The arrestees are Humayun Kabir, 27, and Johirul Islam, 23, of Jamalpur's Madarganj upazila, and Ruhul Amin, 22, of Tangail's Ghatail upazila.
Kabir is a student of Social Welfare department at Government Ananda Mohan College. Johirul and Ruhul are degree students, police said.
A few months ago, Kabir employed Johirul and Ruhul as computer operators at monthly salary of Tk 5,000 each, police said.
Acting on a tip-off, a police team, led by Sub-inspector Khandaker Shaker Ahmed, raided the house in Shankipara area around 10:30pm and arrested the three, said Kamrul Islam, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station.
Police recovered VoIP equipment, including five receivers and 2,531 active SIMs, a fingerprint scanner for biometric SIM re-registration, 12 national identity cards, a television set and two computers from the house.
But police could not immediately say how Kabir managed the VoIP equipment and the fingerprint scanner.
Police said the prime accused, Kabir, had been living in the house for around two years and doing the illegal VoIP business.
SI Shaker said during the drive in the house, they found there 15-20 people who were from different areas of Mymensingh town.
He said they were taken there so that SIMs could be illegally biometrically re-registered in their names.
Each of them was given a lungi and Tk 300 in exchange for the photocopy of their national identity cards and photographs needed for the re-registration.
A case was filed with Kotwali Police Station in this connection.