Armyman faces court martial for passing secrets

Officers familiar with the case said that the intelligence branch got a tip-off that the Havildar was in constant touch with a woman on Facebook as well as Whatsapp.

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina | Chandigarh | Published: December 8, 2016 4:12 am

A havildar of an artillery regiment is facing court martial after the military intelligence arrested him for providing classified military information to a Pakistani agent posing as a woman on Facebook and Whatsapp. Officers familiar with the case said that the intelligence branch got a tip-off that the Havildar was in constant touch with a woman on Facebook as well as Whatsapp. As there are strict instructions about using social media platforms, the Army authorities started keeping an eye on his activities. Later, they found that some unaccounted cash was deposited in his bank account.

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“We learnt that a Pakistani agent was posing as a woman and indulging in sexually explicit chats with this jawan, which included exchange of photographs. Further investigation revealed that an amount of Rs 1,38,000 had been deposited in his account in a bank over a period of time from unknown sources,” said an officer.

It is believed that the Havildar was in touch with the Pakistani agent for a period of around nine months before he was detected. Amongst the information that the Havildar is accused of having passed on is the location of various units and the names and official appointments of certain officers in key positions. The trial formally began on November 11.

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