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     New Delhi, May 10, 2024: In a significant development, Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and State Police have joined hands to curb the misuse of telecom resources in cyber-crime and financial frauds.

     This collaborative effort aims to dismantle networks of fraudsters and protect citizens from digital threats, Communications Ministry sources said today.

     Analysis carried out by MHA and State Police have revealed that 28,200 mobile handsets were misused in cybercrimes.

     The DoT further analysed and found that a staggering 20 lakh numbers were used with these mobile handsets. Subsequently, DoT issued directions to telecom service providers for pan India blocking of 28,200 mobile handsets and to carryout immediate reverification of 20 lakh mobile connections linked to these mobile handsets and disconnect failing re-verification.

     The unified approach demonstrates a shared commitment towards public safety and to safeguard the integrity of telecommunications infrastructure and ensure a secure digital environment.

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