Pakistani spy was trying to get information for a possible terror strike: Official

Mehmood Akhtar, the Pakistan High Commission official, was trying to gather information pertaining to deployment of security forces along the western coast.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 28, 2016 6:01 pm
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Mehmood Akhtar, the Pakistan High Commission official who was caught for espionage, was trying to gather classified information on deployment of Indian security forces along the western coast, possibly to carry out a strike similar to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. Akhtar was trying to gather information pertaining to deployment of security forces along the western coast, Sir Creek and Kutch areas and also about military installations in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa, a Home Ministry official said.

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“There have been intelligence inputs that Pakistan’s ISI was planning to send terrorists through the sea route to carry out a Mumbai-type terror attack in India. Akhtar’s activities and his interests to gather information about the western coast buttress the intelligence inputs,” the official said. 166 people lost their lives when 10 terrorists, who came through the Arabian sea from Karachi, carried out mayhem for three days in Mumbai in November 2008.

Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir were handing over information to Akhtar about security forces deployment in the Sir Creek area and Kutch region when they were arrested on Thursday. The Pakistani official was to hand over the duo Rs 50,000 for getting information, the official said.

Before being let off because of diplomatic immunity, Akhtar confessed to police about his role in the spy ring. Delhi Police has also done video-recording of his statement. In his statement to police, Akhtar admitted that he was part of the spy ring for more than a year.

He has named a few officers of the Pakistani High Commission whom he was reporting to with all the information but police were yet to take action against them as there was no direct evidence as of now. Acting on a tip-off, Delhi Police on Thursday nabbed Akhtar, along with Ramzan and Jangir, at Delhi Zoo while a visa agent from Rajasthan, Shoaib, had managed to escape.

Shoaib was detained near Jodhpur last evening and after being brought here, he was arrested. While Akhtar was on Thursday declared persona non grata, Subhash and Maulana have been arrested on charges of passing on sensitive information and defence documents and deployment details of BSF along the Indo-Pak border. They were on Thursday sent to 12-day police custody.

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  1. G
    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:04 pm
    And he was obtaining the info from a Rapistani!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Enough stories mafia.
    1. M
      Oct 28, 2016 at 7:13 pm
      He wanted to bring in second Pathankot or second Uri! Where these guys get oxygen from? India got a larger problem of fixing home front first!
      1. A
        Oct 28, 2016 at 1:13 pm
        You could have adopted a polite tone to convey your message. Ofcourse media mafia is brining stan here - could be true - but should not we know which Indian was helping them? Hope readers will look for the information about spy's Indian counterpart.
        1. D
          Oct 28, 2016 at 8:50 pm
          stan will be divided into 4;br/gt;insha;br/gt;.... lt;br/gt;allah ki yahi marzi hai;br/gt;;br/gt;''''''''
          1. I
            Ingeborg Malik
            Oct 28, 2016 at 2:18 pm
            as ever uneducated stanis on Indian Media...these people are "Terminally Ill" and their disease is "India Phobia" fed to them at thr rime of their Birth,so it should not surprise us at all.Hate is the direct way of Self Destructiondians need not do any thing themselves except encourage the "Dumb stanis" in their hatred for India and Afghanistan.
            1. A
              Ashok Mazumdar
              Oct 28, 2016 at 6:13 pm
              Are Pak is As literate as Us Indians?lt;br/gt;Difficult to Digest.
              1. P
                Pagrri Sanbhaal
                Oct 28, 2016 at 4:20 pm
                In the era of satellite imaging ISI was busy procuring hard copies of Indian army's location? lolz..You Indians are pathetic story makers.
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