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Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Around a week after rounding up three cyber fraudsters belonging to a 'Jamtara gang' in Bhubaneswar, the Odisha Crime Branch has traced links of the mastermind of the syndicate to Jharkhand.

The ‘Jamtara gang’ conduits are presently in the Crime Branch custody where they reportedly disclosed about the ring leader during interrogation. The Crime Branch also obtained crucial evidence from the gang members about their operation.

Additional Director General, Crime Branch, Sanjeeb Panda, while addressing the media today said that the mastermind controlled the gang and orchestrated the modus operandi from Jharkhand. 

The senior IPS official further said that bank account details of people were being provided to the gang by a person living in Mumbai. 

Moreover, Panda also warned people to stay alert and not to share data over phone calls to private callers. Further, he said people should not share OTP or KYC details over any phone call. He urged people to report any such fraudulent calls to the National Cyber Crime Portal.

"We had arrested 3 cyber fraudsters hailing from Jharkhand. During interrogation, we obtained details of IMEI and SIM numbers from them and circulated those to other states. Following that, we received details of the cases registered against them," said Panda.

Panda added, "Till now, we have found 55 cases registered against them in 7 states. We have also obtained the details of the person in Mumbai from whom they acquired the banking details. We have initiated efforts to nab the person." 

It is pertinent to mention here that the Crime Branch had earlier arrested three cyber fraudsters of the ‘Jamtara gang’, who were wanted in over 170 cases across 20 states in the country, from Bhubaneswar.

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