MP police bust major IMEI racket, seize 125 mobile phones

MP police bust major IMEI racket, seize 125 mobile phones Jabalpur, Nov 8 (PTI) One person was arrested and 125mobile phones, bearing the same International Mobile EquipmentIdentity (IMEI) number, were seized by Madhya Pradesh police'szonal cyber cell in Jabalpur, an official said on Friday.

The IMEI is a unique number that identifies a phoneand is one of the primary factors in law enforcement agencies'fight against mobile thefts.

The accused allegedly replaced original IMEI numbersof mobile phones with that of the phone kept for demonstrationat a store in Jayanti Shopping Complex here, Inspector GeneralJabalpur zone Vivek Sharma said.

Pradeep Thakur (29) was arrested on Thursday, afterwhich the police raided the shop where IMEI numbers werechanged and handsets were sold, the IG said.

The zonal cyber cell got information about mobilephones carrying same IMEI numbers, Sharma said, and claimedover one lakh mobile phones carrying the same IMEI number areoperational in the country.

All these mobile phones are manufactured by aparticular company, he said.

The cyber cell has prepared a list of over 50,000mobile numbers that carry the same IMEI number, and it hasbeen forwarded to the police headquarters for further action,he said.

As many as 125 mobile phones were confiscated aftercontacting individuals who were using them, he said, addingthat most of these phone were bought second hand.

Action will be taken under provisions of Mobile DeviceEquipment Identification Number Rules 2017. PTI COR MAS ARUBNM BNM