The ‘Badshah’ of cyber crimes led a syndicate of 11K fraudsters, spread over 22 states

Hisar (Haryana): Kaluram of Karanpura near Hanumangarh in Haryana used to supply SIM cards to a nation-wide gang of cyber fraudsters. The network of the gang was spread over 22 states and at least 11,000 persons were linked to it. They kept in touch with each other through 52 WhatsApp groups. Kaluram, who was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh Police, described himself as the ‘Badshah’ of cyber crimes.

Caught with 4,000 SIM cards

Kaluram’s name cropped up during the interrogation of Abhishek, who was caught from Hisar Ki Mandi recently with 3,950 SIM cards by the Haryana police. When Haryana police raided Kaluram’s house at Karanpura, it was discovered that he was already in the custody of MP Police. The Hisar police is now planning to bring him to Haryana on a production warrant to question him.

Rs 80 per card

Kaluram used to purchase SIM cards at Rs 10 each from Assam, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand. He used fake Aadhar-linked ID s for making the purchases. These SIM cards were later used to commit cyber crimes. Abhishek – one of the members of the gang – had purchased 4,200 SIM cards from Kaluram. They included 1,150 cards of Idea, 800 of Airtel, 500 of BSNL and 1,500 of Vodaphone for Rs 80 per card.

When, during investigations into a cyber crime, the police of different states  traced the SIM Card owners, they were led to persons who did not even know that SIM cards were issued in their names.

A team of MP Cyber Police, led by SP Jitendra Singh, is working on unravelling the network and its modus operandi.

(Story: Bhupesh Mathuria)