A joint team of Rapid Action Battalion-2 (RAB) and Bangladesh telecom regulator arrested a man for allegedly running an illegal telecom setup in the capital's Lalmatia area.
The arrestee has been identified as Shafiqul Islam (40), a resident of Brahmanbaria.
Shafiqul was nabbed from a house on Zakir Hossain Road in Lalmatia on Tuesday evening, following a tip-off that he had been selling international voice calls bypassing the legal gateway for the past 18 months.
Voiceover Internet Protocol (VoIP) components worth Tk 30 lakh, including three sim-boxes of 512 ports, two sim-boxes of 256 ports, seven laptops, five modems, one switch and 900 Teletalk sim cards, were seized from his house.
Shafiqul told interrogators that his four-member gang had been in the illegal telecom business for nearly one-and-a-half years.
The four would sell maximum talktime worth Tk 2.30 lakh per day, causing losses to the tune of Tk 7 crore to the state exchequer, said Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission officials.