Security agencies countered more than 30 ISI-backed espionage modules across the country in the last three years resulting in the arrest of 48 spies,the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. The latest to be caught in the espionage ring was Surendra Kumar,a class D employee posted in the Foreigners Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi.
Kumar was arrested for his alleged links with Sumer Khan,a suspected spy who was caught in Rajasthan last month. MoS (Home) R P N Singh said that between 2010 and February this year,31 ISI-backed espionage modules have been neutralised across the country,resulting in the arrest of 38 Indians and 10 Pakistani agents. Out of the 38 Indians arrested,10 were government officials,including two former servicemen,three serving personnel and three civilians.
Singh said the government has been pursuing a well-coordinated and multi-pronged approach to tackle ISIs activities. This includes strengthening vigilance on the borders to check infiltration and illegal cross border activities and gearing up the intelligence machinery.
On terror funding,the Home Ministry informed the Lok Sabha that 202 cases of terror funding were detected in India between 2006 and 2012. Out of this,64 cases have been charge-sheeted and five persons have been convicted for supporting and financing terrorist.
Singh also said that a separate cell for combating funding of terrorism his ministry has been constituted. The ministry has also constituted a Terror Funding Currency Cell in the National Investigation Agency to focus on terror funding and fake currency cases.
Singh said India became a member of the Financial Action Task Force in June 2010. The membership confirms the high level of compliance India has achieved in combating financing of terrorism.