Another Bitcoin Controversy In India
The latest Bitcoin news comes from Delhi, the capital of India where a drug racket was busted by the Delhi police in which the payment for drugs were made in Bitcoins.
According to the news published on 7 November, 2017 by Hindustan Times , one of the India’s leading news publication, two persons identified as Kamal Kalra and Mahesh Goyal were arrested by Delhi police crime branch. The accused were involved in a network of drug dealing where the drugs were sold in “Rave Parties” in Delhi/NCR and the payments were received in Bitcoins.
Kamal Kalra, a DJ plays music in rave parties in Delhi-NCR. The accused were arrested with around 62 grams of Ecstasy (MDMA),a psychotropic substance sold in tablets and powder form worth INR 3 Lakhs, reveals Delhi Police.
Rajesh Deo, deputy commissioner of police (crime), said Goyal disclosed that the illegal online drug trade is done through “deep web”.
“This illegal business works on peer group model and it spreads from one user to another through word of mouth. Goyal had first consumed ecstasy at a rave party in Chennai and learnt that it can be procured through online shopping using websites like ‘dream market’ by operating in deep web accessed through browsers like ‘tor browser’ and ‘onion browser’,” said Deo.
“The payment for the consignment is done through ‘Bitcoin’ and the delivery is made by post and courier from countries such as the Netherlands and the US,” said Alok Kumar, joint commissioner of police (crime).
The Delhi police have approached the NCB i.e, Narcotic Control Bureau and Ministry of Electoronics & IT to make sure that such online trades should be stopped . The Delhi Police are also investigating how the supply of drugs via couriers in India from other countries is going undetected and unchecked.
What is Dark Web?
Dark Web also called as Deep Web or Inivisble Web are the pages that are part of the World Wide Web but required specific software, configurations or authorization to access those pages. These Web pages are never shown on search engines. The content on these pages are hidden. Dark web is the opposite of surface web, which can be accessed by anyone on the internet.
A user needs to download “Onion Browser” or “Tor Browser” in order to access the pages on dark web. Various sites on dark web such as AlphaBay or Dream Market lists drugs and also mentions a Bitcoin wallet address for the payment.
More Bitcoin Controversies In India
This is not the first time that a controversy related to Bitcoins has comeup. In the month of April, this year, a narcotics department’s offcial was held for misapproproation of Bitcoins worth INR 3.5 Crores at that time.
The news was from Ahemdabad, Gujrat wherein an official from Narcotics Control Bureau was accussed for illegally accessing a frezzed Bitcoin wallet which had 470 Bitcoins. The NCB had busted a drug smuggling racket where the drugsters were selling drugs to US based clients and in return were receiving payments in Bitcoins. (Click here to read full story.)
Recently, in the month of october, A Delhi based Businessman was abducted by theives who posed as Bitcoin Traders and Robbed Rs. 36 Lakhs. The businessman was offered a lucrative deal in which the thieves posing as Bitcoin traders offered Bitcoin at very cheap price, only if the payment was made in cash.
The businessman was asked to meet at a mall in East Delhi. The businessman reached the spot but then was abducted by a gang of four members and was forced to give the cash. ( Read Full Story)
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