Pak national held with defence papers

A 39-year-old suspected Pakistani military intelligence agent was arrested from near New Delhi Railway Station and defence-related documents were recovered from him,police said on Tuesday.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published:February 22, 2012 5:21 am

A 39-year-old suspected Pakistani military intelligence agent was arrested from near New Delhi Railway Station and defence-related documents were recovered from him,police said on Tuesday.

“Kamran Akbar,who was staying in Kolkata since 1992,was apprehended from near New Delhi Railway Station on February 13 on a tip-off,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ashok Chand said.

Police said Akbar hailed from Karachi,but had been living in India for many years. He is married to a woman from Kolkata.

According to police,Akbar alias Attar,was tasked to specifically collect defence-related documents and send it across the border.

“He had come to Delhi for a day,and after collecting the documents,he was on his way to board a train to Kolkata when he was arrested,” police said.

Police said Akbar claimed that he used to report to one Major Chauhan in the Pakistan military intelligence,but officials suspect he could be saying this to throw investigations off-track.

Akbar came to Kolkata on a valid Pakistani passport to visit his relatives.

“He came to India through the Attari border and stayed with his uncle Mohd Salim in Kolkata. Akbar,his uncle and an associate went to Goa to find work since Salim had worked i Kolkata as a tour guide,” said Chand.

But when they reached Goa,they realised they were short of funds and committed two robberies,police said. “It was during the commission of the second robbery that they were arrested” Chand said.

Subsequent to his release from jail in 1996,Akbar returned to Kolkata to his relative’s house on Ibrahim Road. There,he prepared an Indian passport in the name of Asif Hossain,police said,adding that he went to Pakistan in July 1997 on a one-month visa.

Police claimed it was during this period that the ISI came to know of his stay in India and his Indian passport.

“He was recruited. In October 2004,he was asked by ISI to be their operative. He was sent for espionage activities to India in June 2007,and was trained by the Pakistani military intelligence to gather information about Indian military,” Chand said.

After his training,Akbar went to Nepal via Dhaka on a Pakistani passport,and was given a driving licence of Sikar in Rajasthan along with USD 400. After reaching Kathmandu,he illegally entered India and reached Kolkata,police said.

“After his marriage,he procured an Indian voter ID card,PAN card and driving licence in the name of Asif Hossain,” Chand said.

Police said he opened a bank account in Kolkata,but the funding for his activities came through hawala channels and remittances from abroad.

Meanwhile,Kolkata police sources said a Delhi Police team is expected to visit soon.

Police said Akbar owned a garments stall in Kidderpore Fancy Market and lived in Ibrahim Road area in Kolkata Port.

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