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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Jan 14:

Twin City Commissionerate Police today claimed to have busted a cyber crime racket with the arrest of five members of the gang including two staff of state-owned telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

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The accused allegedly fraudulently transferred cash to the tune of over Rs 25 lakh from the account of a woman from CDA area in the city through online transactions.

Following complaints with Markat Nagar police here regarding the cyber crime, the local police began investigation into the incident leading to arrest of the five accused.

“We have arrested three persons from Kolkata. The trio was brought on transit remand after production before a local court there. They have been arrested here today. Besides, two BSNL employees working in Salipur have also been arrested. Further investigation is on into the case,” Cuttack DCP Sanjeev Arora said.

“Somebody hacked the user name and password of the particular account. Cloning of the SIM was also done to get the OTP,” Arora added.

Three of the accused were arrested from Kolkata on January 10 and brought to Cuttack on transit remand. After interrogation, the two BSNL employees were arrested yesterday.

Notably, the accused managed to hack the internet banking account of one Shalini Das in November last year. Her father Sanjeev Das reported the online fraud to the local police.

As per the complainant, Rs 25, 11, 084 was transferred from the account with Bank of India, Markat Nagar branch between November 26 and 28 through 71 transactions. The cyber criminals transferred the money to five fictitious accounts through online transfer

They hacked the internet banking account and generated OTP (one time password) by cloning the SIM card with the help of the telecom company officials.

The accused have been identified as Akhilesh Pandey, Satish Yadav, Arun Mishra and two BSNL office staff Dhrubacharan Khatei and Krutibash Kandi working in Salipur in the district.

Police have seized Rs 95, 000, gold chain and three motorcycles from their possession.

Police suspect the involvement of a Nigerian national and other two persons.