Two arrested for selling stolen mobile phones

New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) Two persons were arrested here for selling stolen mobile phones after tampering with their IMEI numbers, police said on Friday.

Police said the accused, both arrested from Daryaganj area of central Delhi, have been identified as Mohammad Shafi, 34, a resident of Haveli Azam Khan in Jama Masjid and his associate identified as Waseem, 29, a resident of Sahibabad in Uttar Pradesh.

Police have recovered 4 ‘flashers’ (an IMEI tampering machine), a laptop and 401 mobile phones worth Rs 75 lakh from their possession.

Their arrest was made last week following a tip off when they visited the Old Iron bridge in Daryaganj to deliver a huge quantity of mobile phones to their contacts, police said.

Shafi disclosed he was running a mobile repairing shop in Gali Choti Baradari at Ballimaran in old Delhi, Police said.

“Shafi said he could not earn much money and started purchasing stolen phones at meagre costs to sell them at higher prices. He had learnt mobile repairing and IMEI tampering from the internet,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Manjeet Singh Randhawa.

He, along with Khan, used to tamper with the devices at their rented accommodation located in Chandi Mahal in Delhi. d.

They were active in this profession from last six months and disclosed they used to sell branded stolen mobile phones including those of Apple, Samsung, Micromax and Mi.