Russian woman, friend held for possessing satellite phone

 A Russian woman and her friend were arrested by the International Airport police on Thursday for possessing a satellite mobile phone. However, they were released after completing the legal formalities.

The police arrested Volga D, 51, and her friend after a satellite mobile phone was found in their bag. Volga told the police that she was not aware of the Indian law that bans carrying such a set.

The police imposed a fine of Rs 100 and produced them before the court which released them, said the police.

They had come to an ayurvedic hospital in Kasaragod in Kerala a month  ago for treatment. They reached the Kempegowda International Airport on Wednesday night as they were scheduled to depart for Delhi from where they wanted to board a flight back to Russia, said the police.

Not banned in Russia

Volga had bought a mobile satellite phone in Russia and the Russian government permits its citizens to use such a phone.

During a security check, Central Industrial Security Force sleuths recovered the phone and immediately alerted the police who rushed to the spot and detained the two.

Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, bans the usage of such phones. Anybody with such a phone could access sensitive data. The police grew suspicious and questioned them.
DH News Service

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