Assam Police Apprehends Trio for Hacking Travel Agent's Account at Guwahati Airport

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Assam Police Apprehends Trio for Hacking Travel Agent's Account at Guwahati Airport
Cybercrime Investigation Uncovers Intricate Ticket Purchase Scheme

Guwahati:  In a swift operation on September 18, Assam Police arrested three individuals at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati, on charges related to unauthorized access and financial fraud involving a travel agent's bank account. The suspects were subsequently transferred to Dhubri Sadar Police for further investigation.

Subham Kumar Prasad, a professional travel agency operator residing in Dhubri town, filed a First Information Report (FIR) at the Dhubri Sadar Police Station, detailing the unauthorized access to his bank account, which was utilized to purchase airline tickets.

As outlined in the FIR, an unidentified party extracted funds from Subham's agent account to acquire a ticket from Guwahati to Patna via Kolkata on Saturday. Subsequently, on the same day, additional funds were siphoned from the account to procure two tickets, this time for the Patna to Guwahati route via Kolkata, scheduled for Sunday.

In response to these incidents, a specialized team of law enforcement personnel, armed with their cyber intelligence capabilities, apprehended three suspects upon their arrival at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati, from Patna on Sunday.

The individuals in custody have been identified as Sandip Pareek, 29 years old, and Ibne Alom Khan, 21 years old, both residents of Dhekiajuli, as well as Amanjit Modak, 21 years old, hailing from Udalguri.

Upon their arrival at Guwahati, the police team escorted the suspects to Dhubri Sadar Police Station, where they seized two laptops and three mobile phones from their possession.

Following an extensive investigation on Monday, the police registered a case against the three suspects, under case number 376/20, invoking sections 420/379, read with section 65/66 (c) of the Information Technology Act.

Subsequently, on Monday evening, the three accused individuals appeared in the PI court, where the Dhubri Sadar police requested a five-day detention for the suspects. However, the court granted a three-day remand to facilitate further investigations by the Dhubri police, adhering to established legal procedures and protocols.

This swift and effective response by Assam Police showcases their commitment to combating cybercrime and upholding the rule of law in the region. The case underscores the importance of robust cybersecurity measures to protect financial assets and personal information in an increasingly digitized world.