Odisha: 3 arrested for sharing SIM card OTPs with Pak operatives
The Special Task Force STF of Odisha Police have arrested three persons for allegedly procuring SIM cards in fake names and sharing their OTPs with Pakistani intelligence operatives.The one-time passwords OTPs were used to create fake accounts on social media for pursuing anti-India activities, STF IG J N Pankaj said on Sunday.
The Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Police have arrested three persons for allegedly procuring SIM cards in fake names and sharing their OTPs with Pakistani intelligence operatives.
The one-time passwords (OTPs) were used to create fake accounts on social media for pursuing anti-India activities, STF IG J N Pankaj said on Sunday. The accused were selling the OTPs (linked/generated using the SIMs) to various clients, including some Pakistani Intelligence Operatives (PIO)/ ISI agents in Pakistan as well as in India. In return, they used to get payment from Pakistani agents based in India, Pankaj told reporters. The accused were allegedly in touch with a woman PIO agent who was arrested in Rajasthan last year.
The OTPs were used to create various accounts on social media like Whatsapp, Facebook, and Instagram, and also for opening email accounts. These social media platforms were used in anti-India activities like spying, communication with terrorists, radicalisation, running anti-India propaganda, fuelling anti-India sentiments on social media, honey-trapping, and other anti-social activities, Pankaj said. People found such social media platforms trustworthy as they were registered with Indian mobile numbers, the STF official said.
The accounts opened on online shopping platforms were also used to supply items to terrorists and anti-India elements, he said. The accused were identified as Pathanisamant Lenka (35) of Badapandusar in Nayagarh district, Saroj Kumar Nayak (26), an ITI teacher from Dasapalla area in Nayagarh district and Soumya Pattanaik (19) from Sujanpur area in Jajpur district.
The STF personnel nabbed them on Friday during a raid following a tip off. Nineteen mobile phones, pre-activated SIM cards, ATM cards, and a laptop were seized from their possession, Pankaj said. A SDJM court in Bhubaneswar on Saturday remanded them to judicial custody for 14 days.
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