After Mehmood Akhtar, a Pakistan High Commission staffer, was declared persona non-grata for indulging in espionage on Thursday, a Jodhpur-based man was detained by the Rajasthan Police in the case. Shoaib, the arrested man, is now set to be brought to Delhi.
Shoaib had come in contact with Maulana around one-and-a-half year back, who lured the latter to join him in collecting vital information about the installations of army and para-military forces in Gujarat and Rajasthan, the officer said.
Yesterday, after getting a tip-off about the presence of Akhtar along with Shoaib, Ramzan and Jangir at Delhi Zoo, the police had nabbed Akhtar along with Ramzan and Jangir but Shoaib had managed to escape, said the officer.
“We had sent a request to Jodhpur Police about detaining Shoaib and today evening he was detained. He will be brought to Delhi soon,” said the officer.
Shoaib’s questioning is likely to reveal about the network of other spies who were recruited in the module.
Police has also got to know Nagaur-based Ramzan used to recruit locals which included army and para-military forces personnel to pass on information/documents, said Yadav.
He had introduced Subhash as a para-military officer to Mehmood for getting high money for sharing of important documents, police said.
Delhi Police claimed the duo were involved in the espionage ring in which Akhtar, described as the kingpin of a spy ring working for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, was detained by police for alleged possession of sensitive defence documents.
Akhtar, who worked in the visa section of the High Commission and has diplomatic immunity, was released after prolonged questioning as he enjoyed diplomatic immunity, police said. He has been given 48 hours to leave the country.