GUWAHATI, May 21 - The CID branch of the Assam Police on Monday night busted a fake call centre being run here for the last three months. According to the police, the racket duped American citizens and extorted a huge amount of money from them.
Additional Director General of Police (CID) LR Bishnoi stated that the CID sleuths conducted the raid in a house located at the Zoo-Narengi Road locality where the call centre was being run by one Rajesh Khan alias Rajesh Mukherji alias Rajesh Bhai from February last.
The fake call centre � Abenir Pvt Ltd � was located on the second floor of a house owned by one Kabindra Hazarika, as stated by the ADGP.
From the call centre, the sleuths picked up altogether 37 persons including 28 boys and nine girls. They hail from Assam, Meghalaya, Gujarat, Delhi, West Bengal, Karnataka, Nagaland and Andhra Pradesh. Later this evening, the police apprehended the main accused, who was absconding since last night, from the Panbazar area of the city. Moreover, the police today also arrested one Naumi Sangsen from Meghalaya, at Rukmini Gaon locality for alleged involvement in the racket.
At the call centre, the police found a database of around 7 lakh US citizens and most of them originating from Mexico. The call centre used to send voice messages to around 60,000 US citizens every day. In the voice message, the gang identified itself as US social security agency. They informed the victim that he or she found to be involved with some illegal activity and he or she may contact them for getting legal aid.
�The call centre used to run from 7 pm to 5 am in a day. There was no signboard in the house and the window panes were painted in dark colour so that no one could see it from outside. From the spot, we recovered 22 computer monitors, 40 CPUs, two pen drives, 32 mobile handsets, one laptop and lots of documents. Moreover, we recovered a number of credit and debit cards of different banks from the possession of the main accused,� stated the police.
The CID registered a case under sections 120B, 419, 420, 468, 471 and 384 of IPC and section 66 of IT Act.