Pak High Commission staffer detained for espionage

The staffer Mehmood Akhtar, who worked in visa section of the High Commission, was procuring critical details from two other accomplices who have been arrested.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 28, 2016 12:17 pm
Pakistan, Pakistan High Commission, Pakistan High Commission staffer, pakistan espionage, ISI, Vikas Swarup, S Jaishankar, Pakistan High Commissioner, Abdul Basit, india news, indian express The staffer Mehmood Akhtar, who worked in visa section of the High Commission, was procuring critical details from two other accomplices who have been arrested here.

A Pakistan High Commission official has been detained for his alleged involvement in anespionage ring involving sharing of sensitive defence documents and deployment details of BSF along the Indo-Pak border with Pakistani spy agency ISI.

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The staffer Mehmood Akhtar, who worked in visa section of the High Commission, was procuring critical details from two other accomplices who have been arrested here. Akhtar was released after prolonged questioning by the police as he enjoys diplomatic immunity.

“The accused were involved in espionage activities for over a year-and-a-half. We were watching their activities for past six months. On a specific input, they were held yesterday. Akhtar is a kingpin of the spy ring,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) R S Yadav told a press conference.

He said Akhtar had forged Aadhaar card and used to obtain information from his accomplices paying hefty amount to them.

The two arrested are residents of Rajasthan and identified as Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir. Another Jodhpur-based person identified as Shoaib will also be arrested soon for his involvement in the espionage ring, Yadav said.

During interrogation, Akhtar said that he was posted in the Pakistan High Commission here since about two-and-a-half years and was working in visa section, according to police.

He said that he is on deputation to Pak ISI since January 2013 and is a serving Hawaldar of 40 Baloch Regiment of Pakistan army and native of village Kahuta, Rawalpindi district, added the officer.

There is likelihood of involvement of other persons as per the information elicited from him, which is being investigated, he said.

“Since Akhtar was working in the visa department, it gave easy access to him to identify people who could work for him as spies. People who were financially weak would be lured by promise of getting big money,” said a senior police officer.

The officer said the honey trap angle was also being explored. “From initial investigation, it has been revealed that some girls were exploited after being promised good money and were used to lure men into the module. We are investigating this aspect,” he added.