Got info from source in ISRO, Pak High Commission staffer claimed on camera

Sources said Akhtar disclosed the names of Ramzan Khan and Subhash Jangir — also arrested Thursday — and gave names of other alleged informants in India, including that of the ISRO official.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Updated: November 1, 2016 2:12 pm
espionage, espionage case, spy, pakistan spy, pakistanm high commission, pakistan envoy, Mehmood Akhtar, vikas swarup, latest news, india news, indian express At least 45 minutes of Akhtar’s questioning by Delhi Police crime branch was recorded, sources said.

Mehmood Akhtar, the Pakistan High Commission staffer who was declared “persona non grata” on Thursday after Delhi Police accused him of espionage, has claimed, in a video-recorded interrogation, that he sourced “sensitive” information from an official with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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Police sources told The Indian Express that Akhtar’s interrogation was recorded on Thursday before he was handed over to High Commission officials. “On being asked about his informers and sources, Akhtar disclosed the names of other ISI agents posted in the Pakistan High Commission and the name of an official with ISRO who provided sensitive details to him,” a senior police official said.

At least 45 minutes of Akhtar’s questioning by Delhi Police crime branch was recorded, sources said. A senior police officer said that the video begins with Akhtar, flanked by two police constables, being asked his name and address by another police officer.

It is learnt that the video shows Akhtar “trembling” as police begin questioning him in Hindi. Two constables hold him on either side. Another officer offers Akhtar some water to calm him down and after a few minutes the constables back away from Akhtar.

“He was uncomfortable at first but after drinking some water he calmed down. Officers told him they already knew about his operation and were only trying to corroborate the information they had,” a source said.

Sources said Akhtar disclosed the names of Ramzan Khan and Subhash Jangir — also arrested Thursday — and gave names of other alleged informants in India, including that of the ISRO official.

Police sources said Akhtar named eight officials in the Pakistan High Commission who, he alleged, were trained by the ISI. Sources said that during Akhtar’s questioning, senior officials from the Pak High Commission arrived at the Delhi Police’s Inter-State Cell office in Chankyapuri. According to the police, Akhtar was questioned for a short time in the presence of Pak officials.

The Pak High Commission has denied the allegations and, in a retaliatory gesture, declared Surjeet Singh, an Indian official at the High Commission in Islamabad, as “persona non grata.”

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First Published on: October 29, 2016 4:53 am
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    KrishnaAnedath
    Oct 29, 2016 at 2:22 am
    They are from stan.Never trust them. Born liars
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      Movie.Story
      Oct 29, 2016 at 1:49 am
      The MISCERABLY failed KERALITE SEKS MOVIE SCRIPT WRITERS HIRED ENME ON THE ORDERS OF KERALITE MAFIA ARE AT IT AGAIN.
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        Perverted.Indic
        Oct 29, 2016 at 1:46 am
        There is FK SECRET IN ISRO FOR A STAN TO SPY.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;INDICS, PLEASE TELL SOME OTHER ENTERTAINING STORY. YOU ARE LOSI G YOUR CREDIBILTY OF SPIN MASTERS.. Ho..ho...
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          Iyer.Society.Recruitment.Org.ISRO
          Oct 29, 2016 at 1:54 am
          It is reliably learnt that he was STEALING THE IMAGES OF MARS THAT WAS CLAIMED BY ISRO AS TAKEN BY MANGALYAAAAAAAN BUT WAS ACTUALLY 'BOUGHT' BY ISRO FROM A FOREIGN SPACE AGENCY IN AN ATTEMPT TO BUTTRESS THR CRITICIZM OF DOING NOTHING WITH MANGANKYAAAAAAN BUT FOR BRAGGING.
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            Kt govindan
            Oct 29, 2016 at 1:26 pm
            Some elements are in india who can sell own mom for some currency. See what happens to our contry if the government goes in to the hands of these people like Samjwadi party. If this MP happens to be a minister in the cabinet then. So my request to the people of india be careful. We are surviving simply because even now some clean politician s are at the helm of affairs.
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              Suresh
              Oct 29, 2016 at 1:34 am
              How come all these details are disclosed in the public. Looks like somebody want to inform all those involved in the ring and therefore they can plan to escape?
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                aslam ali
                Oct 29, 2016 at 5:09 am
                PORKIS DEPLOYING TERRORIST IN THE NAME OF HIGH COMMISSION and WE SHOULD CLOSE ALL TIES AND CORNER THEM IN WORLD MAP and KILL THEM...
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                  ANIRBAN BANERJEE
                  Oct 29, 2016 at 7:55 am
                  The news that there are a lot of spies working in the stan emby reveals that stan is out to destabilize India at all costs before going to war, in the hope that this will work in its favour. Our counter espionage agencies and the police are doing a good job.More spies should be arrested.The news that an ISRO staffer provided information to the spy is disturbing to say the least.We should esquire into conditions under which people turn traitors.lt;br/gt;ANIRBAN BANERJEElt;br/gt;Professor of Sociologylt;br/gt;The University of Burdwan
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                    vinod
                    Oct 29, 2016 at 4:19 am
                    It's best to nuke pak,no use to having in world map,it's high time to wipe pak from world pak
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                      vinod
                      Oct 29, 2016 at 4:20 am
                      World map
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                        iftikhar ahmad
                        Oct 29, 2016 at 5:29 am
                        And Pak will wipe you out from world map by nuking you.
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                          Indian
                          Oct 29, 2016 at 6:37 am
                          only have tactical nukes u , go and search about tactical nukes , its range is just 20 Km . So , they can only nuke themselves if we cross border. Whereas , India have 3 verisons of nukes , sea , land and air with range upto middle east and half of Russia . To destroy India , 200 nukes are required. One wrong move and porkistan , PUFF !!!!!
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                            Indian
                            Oct 29, 2016 at 6:43 am
                            There are people will no morals everywhere whom one can exploit , our field agents are also doing the same job in porkistan and elsewhere.lt;br/gt;The main task for us is to stay alert and inform our forces , police ,if we see anything suious in our neighbourhood. That way we all can contribute to this country .
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                              Sankaran Krishnan
                              Oct 29, 2016 at 1:25 pm
                              Hang all those Anti-Nationals who had furnished information for the Espionage and for spy activities and be in the watch list the entire family members who are all worked for the Terror Nation stan and its ISI outfit !!!!
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                                Param
                                Oct 29, 2016 at 3:46 am
                                It was NASA that first congratulated ISRO on its achievement Stupid! Of course your conspiracy brain will tell you that USA was helping India with images to show the world that ISRO sent the Mangalyan, but actually USA sent it, just like you would claim Osama Bin laden was never in stan, USA killed him in India and brought his dead body into stan to blame the s So be it, you bird brain!
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                                  Param
                                  Oct 29, 2016 at 3:47 am
                                  at least learn to write clearly and in an articulate fashion you nitwit!
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                                    pankaj
                                    Oct 29, 2016 at 3:04 am
                                    Lying is their religion.
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                                      Anand Ch
                                      Oct 29, 2016 at 5:59 am
                                      What he says need not be right. Professional will not give out moles so easily. This fellow must be taking them for a ride.
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                                        soumadip chakraborty
                                        Oct 29, 2016 at 3:52 am
                                        catch that man in ISRO. he is a real danger
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                                          VISHAL VARIAR
                                          Oct 29, 2016 at 1:17 pm
                                          People can do anything for money.
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                                            vish
                                            Oct 29, 2016 at 1:34 am
                                            It is known fact that Indians can get sold for few thousand rupees . It is Indeed a shame that we have supported such culture because of bad political system.Good teachings come from home and school and that is missing because of corrupt education system and selection of teachers not based on merit . We destro generations by employing wrong teachers and politicians.
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