Probe into Pak spy’s call to NSG officer

The conversation was later detected by the intelligence agencies. Officials suspect that Voice Over Internet Protocol was used to make the call.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:March 6, 2013 1:15 am

A high-level inquiry has been ordered into an incident where an Army Captain posted with the National Security Guard received a call from a Pakistani spy,who masqueraded as a Military Intelligence officer of the Indian Army.

The caller asked the NSG officer,who is posted with the National Bomb Data Centre at NSG Complex in Manesar,Haryana,about deployment of bomb disposal units and the movement of other Central police forces to Hyderabad. The call was routed through the telephone exchange.

The call was made three hours after two bombs exploded in Dilsukhnagar,Hyderabad,on February 21. The conversation was later detected by the intelligence agencies. Officials suspect that Voice Over Internet Protocol was used to make the call.

Senior officials said though the caller did not get any sensitive information from the NSG officer,it could have been an attempt to “assess the reaction time of the Indian security forces”. Apparently the caller had also tried the number of two other senior NSG officers but they refused to part with any information,sources said. On Tuesday,Home Secretary R K Singh met NSG chief Arvind Ranjan to discuss the issue. “We have ordered a high-level probe and it should be concluded within a week,” said Ranjan.

A senior NSG official said the caller identified himself as Colonel Ajay from the MI unit of Delhi. “Since this number was camouflaged and dubbed as a Delhi number the telephone operator transferred the line to the concerned official. There was nothing alarming about the details he passed on to the caller but we have to make our system foolproof in the future,” he said.

A note reportedly sent by the Internal Security wing of MHA to government officials said there had been attempts from a Pakistan spy,Mohammad Tasleem,to gain sensitive information. The spy had masqueraded as an MI officer and had even called Hyderabad collector and the area ACP to inquire about the blasts.

The “spy” called up the ACP again,a day after the blasts and asked him about the casualties and the mechanism of the bomb. He asked whether the idea was to make mass killings or target someone specific.

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