Cell Phone Cards Lead to Arrests in India
Posted on Dec 6, 2008
Police in India are looking within their own national borders for possible leads and potential allies involved in late November’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai, following a technological trail to two new suspects arrested on Friday.
The Washington Post:
Police arrested two men identified as Tausif Rehman,28, and Mukhtar Ahmed Sheikh, 35, for buying cell phone cards using forged documents. Officials now want to investigate whether the gunmen in Mumbai used these cards to make calls during their attacks last week.
“We are questioning them about procurement of SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) cards used in Mumbai,” Jawed Shamim, the deputy commissioner of police in Calcutta, told news agency Reuters. Mumbai police officials had earlier traced some of the SIM cards used in the Mumbai attack to the state of West Bengal, whose capital is the city of Calcutta.
“Thirteen such SIM cards were bought by Tausif, which were passed on to Sheikh. Some of these cards were used by terrorists involved in the attack in Mumbai,” the public prosecutor in Calcutta, S. Pathak, told the Press Trust of India.
The purchase of SIM cards (some generic ones pictured here) led Indian authorities to make arrests on Friday.