Sham call centres have mushroomed in the city over the past few months and spread their tentacles in the US and European countries.
District magistrate BN Singh made the announcement on the sidelines of a news conference held to inform that the NSA had been slapped against Anil Bhati, a member of the Sundar Bhati gang, for allegedly plotting the murder of BJP leader Shiv Kumar Yadav and his two guards. He said the repeated incidents of call centres getting busted in Noida was “tarnishing the image of the country”.
“The district administration is taking strict action against them (operators of fake call centres). We are planning to charge them under the NSA,” Singh said. Charges under NSA mean the accused will not be able to apply for bail.
The menace of fake call centres in Noida has assumed such massive proportions that a team from the FBI and Canadian police flew down to the city and appealed to SSP Ajay Pal Sharma to rein them in. Sham call centres have been cheating scores of people on the pretext of offering lucrative holiday packages, insurance plans, easy loans, etc. Sources say cheaper rentals and a slack verification process have enabled Noida to become a hub of such centres.
The latest of the arrests for running fake call centres was on November 16, when six persons were picked up from a building for allegedly extorting foreigners after sending a link that infected their computer systems. The gang targeted people in the US and Canada and pressurised them to pay $99-600 to repair their systems. The month of October alone had seen a series of arrests in similar cases.
On the decision to slap NSA on Bhati, the DM said: “We have received information that Bhati has applied for bail for his release.
“The district administration perceives his unrestricted movement to be a threat to the society. He may get involved in similar criminal activities if he is not charged under NSA.”