Assistant commissioner of police (Crime) Dhananjay Patil TOI, “Prima facie it appears that the accused are professional hackers. They had corporate bank account details of 20 companies. They were working to commit cyber heists and use the money for purchasing bitcoins on the dark web. ”
The group of hackers was operating from a hotel near the Kartiki signal area of Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar. Acting on specific information, the police’s cybercrime branch on Tuesday raided the hotel and arrested Shaikh Irfan (20), Waseem Shaikh (36), Shaikh Kanit (19), Abbas Shaikh (34), Amol Karpe (25)and Krushna Karpe (25). The police seized six cellphones and two laptops from them.
The police booked the accused under sections 420 (cheating) and 511 (attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of IPC. A special court sent them to two days of police custody.
Deputy commissioner of police (headquarters) Aparna Gitey said, “The accused were on the verge of committing the heist, when the cybercrime team learnt about their plan. They first alerted the nationalised bank and then the trading company. This was followed by the raid at the hotel and the arrest of the six. ”
An officer privy to the probe said the cybercrime police were planning to rope in cyber forensic experts to get fool-proof evidence and ensure a thorough probe into the racket.
Inspector (cybercrime) Pravina Yadav said during questioning, the accused admitted that other accomplices were associated with them.