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Pakistani spy Shoaib, who was detained by Rajasthan Police a day earlier, on Friday has been sent to police custody till November 8 by Delhi’s Saket Court. Shoaib, a Jodhpur-based man, was detained by the Rajasthan Police for his involvement the espionage case on Thursday and was subsequently brought to Delhi. According to officials, Shoaib had come in contact with Maulana Ramzan, one of those arrested on Thursday, around one-and-a-half year back, who lured the latter to join him in collecting vital information about the installations of army and paramilitary forces in Gujarat and Rajasthan.
On Thursday, after getting a tip-off about the presence of Pakistan High Commission staffer Mehboob Akhtar along with Shoaib, Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir at Delhi Zoo, the Delhi Police had nabbed Akhtar along with Ramzan and Jangir but Shoaib had managed to escape. He was later detained in Rajasthan and sent to Delhi.
Mehboob 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 had been given 48 hours to leave the country.
Subhash Jangir was introduced to Akhtar as a paramilitary officer, whereas Maulana Ramzan used to recruit locals which included army and para-military forces personnel to pass on information/documents, police say.