In a first-of-its kind initiative,the Chandigarh Police on Monday claimed to have recovered as many as 138 missing mobile phones from various locations across the city using mobile tracking software and applications.
All the recovered mobile phones worth around Rs 7 lakh were lost or misplaced by the owners. Five such handsets were handed over to their original owners on Monday.
The Cyber Cell Department of Chandigarh Police constituted a team of Inspector Sukhwinder Singh from MTM (Modern Terminal Market) Cell and Inspector Manju Sharma,Technical Cell,under the supervision of Rajesh Kalia,DSP (Cyber Cell) to look into the cases of missing mobile phones. The recovered handsets are all high-end phones such as Apples iPhone 4S,Samsungs Galaxy SII,Grand and Note and business phones such as BlackBerry Bold.
FIRs about the lost phones were forwarded to the Cyber Cell which put the sets on surveillance using IMEI (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity) number of the sets. After two to three months of monitoring,the police recovered 138 out of 430 missing mobile phones from their current owners,who returned them without any hassle. The network providers assistance was also demanded by the police.
During investigations,it was revealed that the recovered phones were either purchased from local vendors or found lying at different locations by the users. Now Chandigarh Police is in the process of identifying the vendors who deal in sale and purchase of second-hand mobiles without verifying their details. However,no acton is proposed to be initiated against those from whom the mobile phones were recovered.
DSP Kalia said,We are in the process of tracking out the remaining handsets and delivering them to their original owners.