Indian police have raided mobile hotspots in several cities in the country, with a view to catching mobile phones that are linked to terrorists and terrorists organisations.
Police arrested a man on Sunday at his house in Mumbai and seized a mobile phone and other devices.
The police said the man was also linked to a terrorist outfit.
The raids came a day after India’s security agencies detained two people who were in possession of SIM cards that could be used to make calls from mobile phones.
The SIM cards, which could be sold to terrorist groups, are not used by Indians.
The Indian government has been criticised for the lack of action against mobile phone networks.
A new mobile phone scam, a major security threat and a lack of adequate security measures were among the problems in tackling the growing threat.
Police said they seized mobile phones and SIM cards belonging to five people in the state of Gujarat.
The officers arrested two of them in the past week, said Suresh Kumar Singh, a senior police official.
He did not elaborate.
Two other suspects were also arrested on Saturday, and were being interrogated.
In the past three months, police have seized 2,766 SIM cards from various people.
The number of SIMs seized has increased by 30 per cent.
The use of SIM-based mobile phones, including smartphones, is on the rise in India.
The country has 1.2 billion mobile phone users, with 2.4 billion of them using mobile phones in a year, according to a report by the Institute for Corporate Affairs.
Police say they have seized mobile hotsps in at least eight cities since February.
Police have been using the mobile hotsp device as a pretext to raid people’s homes and businesses to try to catch people who are using the hotspot, said Kumar, the official.