Crackdown Against Used Phones: Shopkeepers Arrested in Karachi for Selling Stolen Devices

Acting on a tip off, Sindh Police conducted a raid on Monday in the Saddar area of Karachi, arresting two shopkeepers who sold stolen mobiles.

The shopkeepers that were arrested were allegedly in the business of changing the IMEIs of snatched and blocked phones for a mere amount of Rs. 3,000 that were later sold in the market.

The raid was headed by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of Sindh Police, Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC). The Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) SIU Aamir Hameed along with Chairman Electronic Market Association Mohammad Rizwan also accompanied the police during the raid.

According to the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Farooq Awan, the raiding team was able to detain two shopkeepers and seized multiple devices from their custody.

The arrested persons include Mohammad Waqas of Canan Communication in Al-Haroon Market and Danish of Qawaswa Communications in Coins Code Market. Awan also said that the shopkeepers were in contact with some street criminals who were responsible in snatching phones and having the IMEI changed from these shops.

They are facilitators of criminals and cases under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATC) will be registered against them  – Farooq Awan, Senior Superintendent of Police

In order to catch the culprits red-handed, Awan said that the department sent out 5 policemen in plainclothes, acting as regular customers to the market in order to nab the culprits. He added that many shopkeepers were willing to unblock all blocked mobile phones.

Putting An End to Mobile Snatching

Chairman of Electronics Market Association, Rizwan, said that such type of illegal work in the market will not be supported and that he will stand by the police in this good work.

Such raids can be used to stop more street crimes. These raids will give be able to give a clear message to the shopkeepers that those involved in the activities of changing IMEIs and other illegal activities shall be bought to justice.

Ultimately, when shopkeepers who are involved in such activities are either be stopped or arrested, it stands to reason that street crimes such as mobile snatching will automatically decline.

Crackdown against Second Hand Phones

The Sindh Chief Minister, Murad Ali Shah, has also ordered a crackdown against the sale and purchase of second hand Mobile Phones available in the market.

The CM said that he was not happy with the statistics he was presented with of the rising spate of street crimes in the cabinet meeting.

The timely decision came after an increase in street crimes in Karachi was witnessed in the recent months. The Sindh Police was also instructed to deploy 10,000 additional police personnel in the city streets to control the number of street crimes and also boost security arrangements.

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  • Great move. Also there should ban on illegal clone phones. Which shopkeepers sale on full price to innocent people.

  • One of the best things that could have happened in 2017. Good work..!!!!

    In my opinion, Govt should impose a total ban on Sale and Purchase of used/old/clone phones. IMEI is actually the Identity of your Mobile Phone, normally when snatchers get your phone, they overwrite a fake IMEI into your phone which cannot be traced. But mobile phone companies can black-list and block such IMEIs and hence the phone will be useless.

    Another way is to implement a system which could associate three things together:

    1. Your Mobile Phone’s IMEI
    2. Your Biometrics (fingerprints)
    3. Your SIMs

    Currently 2 and 3 are already linked, but with the merger of IMEI with Biometrics and SIMs will completely nail down the Mobile Snatching coz if a fake IMEI is not linked with your BioMetric and SIM it must NOT work.

    To implement point 1, Govt can collaborate with the Telecom companies like they did for BioMetrics and only the genuine mobile owners who show the genuine mobile phone purchase receipt issued by the authorized sellers will be allowed to subscribe their Mobile phone identity (IMEI).

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