In a reported case of cracking a hackers-racket was busted when it arrested four youths from New Balibat when the four was trying to hand over gadgets necessary to hack an online terminal claimed Jorhat Police.
As the story unfolds, a team of police sleuths dressed as civilians lay trap in the new Balibat area under the direction of SP Jorhat Dr Sanjukta Parashar when it was tipped off of a possible gang operating in the area and trying to hack the ICICI bank terminal gateway used by customers for online trading and retail purchasing using a mall’s online website. At around 9:30 AM a parrot green TATA Nano vehicle bearing registration number AS-03 H 9937 arrived near the main gate of the Balibat Mosque and got down to enter a market supposedly having a computer hardware servicing center and an internet cafe. SP Sanjukta Parashar informed Times of Assam over the telephone that, “We caught the four red-handed while they were hacking a website”, the details of which she declined. Notably, two laptops, a pen camera, four mobile handsets, a Tata photon device, four wallets, a dongle for internet connection and a UBI bank passbook in the name of Sasanka Goswami was confiscated by the police. All the four arrested had been identified as Debraj Bordoloi (Tipling Duliajan), Ajit Bora (Panichokuwa – Pulibor), Sasanka Goswami (Jail Road – Jorhat) and Siddhartha Barua (Barua Tin-Ali, Duliajan). Ironically all four are of young age and students of various colleges while Sasanka Goswami is a student of NIIT – Jorhat.
In the ensuing investigation that followed, Jorhat police got information of other members of the gang and reportedly arrested Safikul Islam an ICICI bank employee from Dibrugarh, Imdad Hussein, Jai Prakash Sharma, Partha Das, Khagen Borgohain and Haren Konwor with the help of Dibrugarh police. All caught are from Dibrugarh while the main ringleader Haren Kunwor hails from Duliajan. Police also seized a Toyota Innova vehicle bearing registration number AS O1 AY 9595 with a red light atop. Till the filing of this report another girl Simi Dutta has been arrested from Guwahati. A case has been registered under 834/12 under section 66 of IT Act.
While many in the town were in praises of the swift police action in the wake of the recent spate of crimes relating to fraudulent withdrawals of money from their bank accounts, another section of the society is questioning the police action of how the police could arrest someone on the basis of information that hacking is being undertaken reminding the fact that hacking is legal in India. Companies appoint hackers for the betterment of their software’s. While also acknowledging the fact that Hacking becomes illegal only when an individual with a criminal motive that too with technical knowledge indulge in such crimes and later the crime is proved on the basis of complaints lodged by the victim. In this case, the police actually caught hold of the four allegedly before performing a hacking. The question remains which site they were hacking and with what data. Many in the Balibat area are of also of the opinion that the four if at all hackers had come down to deliver the gizmos to a known person the locality who have mastered to be a hacker from many years now and is from a reputed family background. While some have also opined to the existence of five members in the group but dramatically in the last moment the four were made a scapegoat.
In absence of a cyber cell of the Jorhat Police and stringent cyber laws, time only will say what fruit the entire operation would bear and readers of Times of Assam shouldn’t be wary if the accused are let go scot-free by the court for a minor computer-related offense as stated in section 66 of IT Act. In that case who will be responsible for the defamation of their character!