The Chinese national apprehended while trying to cross the India-Bangladesh border illegally told the investigators that he and his associates have smuggled as many as 1,300 Indian SIM cards into their country by hiding them in undergarments, the Border Security Force (BSF) said on Friday.
The Chinese national, Han Junwe, was nabbed by a BSF patrol party from the Malda district of West Bengal on Thursday.
After a preliminary interrogation, the BSF handed over the Chinese intruder to the local police station on Friday.
According to the BSF, the Chinese national used forged Indian documents to carry 1,300 Indian SIM cards to China. His associates smuggled the SIM card into China, concealing it in their undergarments.
“These SIM cards were used to hack into accounts and perpetrate other forms of financial fraud. Their goal was to defraud people by using SIM cards to withdraw money from ATMs,” said BSF in a statement.
During questioning by the BSF and other agencies in Mohadipur, the Chinese intruder was identified as Han Junwe (36), a native of China’s Hubei city.
“He owns a hotel in Gurugram, Uttar Pradesh, and works for a Chinese intelligence agency. His business partner was arrested by the ATS a few days ago, and he and his wife are wanted here, said an official.
“ATS Lucknow arrested Han Junwe’s business partner Sun Jiang on multiple charges. Since then, the process of issuing a Blue Corner Notice against Han Junwe has also been initiated in accordance with the procedure,” added the official.
A large number of suspicious electronic devices were discovered in the intruder’s possession. As a result, the BSF and other agencies were constantly engaged in gathering information, said the BSF in a statement.
Han Junwe was apprehended and handed over to the Kaliachak Police Station’s Gulabganj Police Station, along with the seized items, for further legal proceedings.