An espionage ring was busted in Delhi leading to the detention of a Pakistan High Commission staffer along with the arrest of two Indians who shared sensitive defence information with Pakistan ISI intelligence agency, Delhi Police said on Thursday.
Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Ravindra Yadav, addressed a press conference in the capital, giving details of the racket, and said that all three spies who were caught from Delhi zoo had been involved in ISI related espionage activities for more than 1.5 years.
When initially being caught red-handed the Pakistan official showed a forged Aadhar identification card claiming to be Mehmood Rajput a resident of Chandni Chowk, Delhi but when questioned about the fake ID, he confessed that he was an employee of the Pakistan embassy and claimed diplomatic immunity.
The two Indian nationals identified as Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir are residents of Rajasthan and were at the Delhi zoo to hand over classified information regarding the deployment of security forces at Indian borders to the Pakistan High Commission staffer Mehmood Akhtar.
“They had collected information regarding defense, BSF (Border Security Force) deployment on the borders in Rajasthan and Gujarat and also carried maps of some Indian border positions,” Joint Commissioner Yadav said, adding they also had information about several retired Indian Army personnel.
Yadav said, “Mehmood Akhtar was a havildar in Baloch regiment of Pakistan Army. He was later hired by ISI three years back and was working in visa department in High Commission.”
Being placed in the visa section, Akhtar had prime opportunity to zero in on visa-applying Indians who could become potential recruits.
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“Maulana used to run a local Madrasa and used to lure needy people to work as spy. Subhash Jangir is small-time businessman who was in need of money,” added Yadav.
Maulana, a Rajasthan resident, is a school drop-out. About one-and-a-half-year back, he came in contact with Jodhpur-based person identified as Shoaib, who lured him to join him in accruing vital information about the installations of Army and para-military forces in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Shoaib and Maulana met Mehmood Akhtar, who promised them a handsome amount in return of vital information or documents related to defence installments, informed the Delhi Police.
Subhash Jangir, 35, is Nagaur resident. Jangir was under heavy debt and Maulana knew about his financial condition. The ISI agent then lured Jangir into his trap and convinced him to do anti-national activities. Maulana and Subhash have visited Delhi two-three times in the past to pass information to Akhtar, said Yadav.
(With Inputs From IANS)