Four arrested for smuggling stolen mobile phones into Nepal |  Latest Delhi News
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Four arrested for smuggling stolen mobile phones into Nepal | Latest Delhi News

Delhi Police has arrested four people for running a syndicate that bought stolen mobile phones from kidnappers and robbers in Delhi, transported them to Bihar and smuggled them across the border to Nepal, and then sold the stolen phones in the country as refurbished devices, officials familiar with the case said on Monday.

“The accused have already sold over 500 phones… They received the proceeds of crime in cash and bank transfers,” said the DCP. (Representative image)

The four were identified as Arjun Tanwar, 26, his 24-year-old wife (name withheld by police) and their associates Himanshu Kumar (19) and Jagarnath Kumar (28). Officials said that all the four were arrested after raids in Delhi’s Ghaziabad. and from near the India-Nepal border in Bihar on May 19–29.

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Police said they seized 226 stolen mobile phones, 140 adapters and 90 USB cables from four people, adding that 53 theft cases registered at police stations in New Delhi, South West, North and Central Police Districts were solved thanks to the raid.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Harsha Vardhan said that Tanwar, his wife and Himanshu are residents of Paharganj while Jagarnath hails from Madhubani district in Bihar.

Giving details of the case, DCP Vardhan said that on May 19, a special team of the district police received information that Tanwar, a habitual criminal, was frequently visiting Kamala Market in his car with stolen phones. Accordingly, Inspector Rohit Kumar and his team members laid a trap and Tanwar and his wife were caught.

“Their car was searched and 150 mobile phones, 140 adapters and 90 USB cables packed in several boxes were found. Interrogation of the pair revealed that they were involved in the purchase of stolen mobile phones, which were then smuggled to Nepal and sold there. The seized cartons containing phones and accessories were allegedly sent to Nepal by Madhubani through Himanshu,” the DCP said.

The couple further revealed that Himanshu has already reached Nepal with a consignment containing 90 stolen phones. Three days later, Himanshu was arrested in Ghaziabad with 25 mobile phones while returning to Delhi by train. Interrogation of the three led to Jaggarnath’s arrest in Madhubani on May 29, police said.

Sharing the modus operandi, the DCP said that Tanwar and his wife were involved in the racket for almost two years.

“Tanwar and his wife would buy the phone from a thief or kidnapper 4000-5000 and sell in Nepal for 10,000 – 15,000. They have already sold over 500 phones… They received the proceeds of crime in cash and bank transfers,” the DCP said.

“Jagarnath lives close to the India-Nepal border. Near his village there is a river connecting India and Nepal. Jagarnath usually took the river route, crossed it as the water level remains low except during monsoons, and reached Nepal with consignments of stolen phones. He will hand it over to the receiver, identified by his name Roshan, in Boriya, Nepal,” Vardhan said, adding that Roshan is absconding.

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