Local villager spying for Pakistan arrested in J&K, sim cards, map seized

Bodh Raj, a suspected Pakistani spy was nabbed in near Jerda village of Jammu and Kashmir as he tried to escape noticing police parties conducting searches.

Written by Arun Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: October 23, 2016 3:05 am
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The Jammu and Kashmir Police claimed to have busted a spy racket working for Pakistan following the arrest of a local on charges of espionage near the International Border in Samba district in the early hours of Saturday.

This came on a day the International Border and the Line of Control in Jammu region remained peaceful since the morning. Barring sporadic incidents of small-arms fire at one or two isolated places, there were no reports of firing from the Pakistani side.

The suspected spy, identified as Bodh Raj of Changiia village in Arnia tehsil of Jammu district, was arrested in Jerda village, just over 1 km from the border. Two Pakistani SIM cards, two Indian a mobile phone handsets, a map, memory card, and Indian currency amounting to Rs 1,711 were seized from him, the police said.

The arrest followed a search operation in Ramgarh sector on the basis of intelligence inputs that a suspected spy had been passing vital information about deployment of troops and their movement to Pakistan, Samba SP Joginder Singh said.

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The map seized from him carried markings of various spots showing deployment of security forces in border areas, Singh said, calling Bodh Raj’s arrest “a major breakthrough in national security”.

Bodh Raj was reportedly working for Pakistan for the last three or four years. He had earlier been arrested on charges of drug trafficking and was in jail for several years from 2001.

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According to the SP, the police will retrieve call details and other information from the seized mobile phones and the memory card. He said a few more arrests are likely after information is gathered from his interrogation.

Sources said Bodh Raj had been using Pakistani SIM cards to inform his handlers across the border about deployment of Indian troops. As he was in jail for a long period, intelligence agencies were already keeping a watch on his activities.

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First Published on: October 23, 2016 2:55 am
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    Satendra kumar
    Oct 22, 2016 at 9:48 am
    The traitors of lands laws should be brought to justice.Jammu and Kashmir is integral part of INDIA like all other state .Justice should be done either by security forces or civilian government.
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      Romik
      Oct 22, 2016 at 2:29 am
      Need Drone the bad guys
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        Tony
        Oct 22, 2016 at 6:15 am
        Hand him over to families of jawans killed by terrorists.
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          Tony
          Oct 22, 2016 at 6:18 am
          Now we should not speak about his religion and be secular since we have others too. Any Indian involved in corruption, hatred against a fellow Indian, disturbs peace and prevents or blocks the development of our nation, or backs terrorism should be treated as anti Indian/anti national.
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            zeed
            Oct 22, 2016 at 4:46 am
            Bodh Raj !lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Raja ki aayegi baraat
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              zeed
              Oct 22, 2016 at 4:57 am
              The honorable Mr. Bodh Raj. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Earlier part of Sri Ram Sene!
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                Akliyath
                Oct 22, 2016 at 6:19 am
                Some of the informers are double edged. Remember the man who worked with ISI and CIA simultaneously; wanted by India in Mumbai attack case in which pak terrorist Kasab was hanged! So handle all informers from villages with caution.
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                  Raj
                  Oct 22, 2016 at 10:01 am
                  I don't see the difference, Kashmir is on the Indian subcontinent - how do you deny this?
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                    Raj
                    Oct 22, 2016 at 10:05 am
                    I think they should be given some autonomy - if they behave, reject violence and prove that they indeed deserve it. They have this sense of superiority I will never understand, none of the social indicators have Kashmiris topping them. None. THey are not the most entrepreneurial, they are not the most educated. They are not the most beautiful (since Kashmiris have never won much on aesthetics internationally). The only thing a Kashmiri is good at, comes naturally to them, is militancy. Gee, I wonder why.
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                      Raj
                      Oct 22, 2016 at 10:06 am
                      Kashmiri mindset: Let someone else's son/daughter die for your ambitions, while you remain safe and emplo and keep earning. Build your own property and let someone's 13 year old son die. Someone else's son is always more easy to sacrifice than your own? These 12 workers better start sacrificing their own families from now on. They send their own sons/daughters abroad to study and keep other people's kids illiterate and let them throw their lives away in militancy.
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                        abd
                        Oct 22, 2016 at 7:23 am
                        He is not indian he is kashmiri
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                          abd
                          Oct 22, 2016 at 7:22 am
                          He is not indian he is kashmiri.
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                            abd
                            Oct 22, 2016 at 7:39 am
                            We know the condition of indian Muslims very well it's your compulsion to talk in favour of india whether it's wrong.Bcoz your survival will be difficult there.Listen to Akbar isi the true indian Muslim leader.
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                              Kaliyug
                              Oct 22, 2016 at 5:07 am
                              There is local support for stan in Kashmir, this is well known. Most of the people who cross into India are given some kind of support by the local thugs, India is wasting good money in Kashmir which can be used to develop other parts of India. It is sad that Indians cannot settle down in Kashmir, stupid Nehru dream has been haunting India for ever. Re-pote Hindus and Christians inside Kashmir and give them Z Cl security, this will help bring peace and prosperity.
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                                din
                                Oct 24, 2016 at 10:43 am
                                Why Indian media thinks they are not spy but lost tourist and should be sent them back with respect and Garlands?
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                                  Sriniwasan
                                  Oct 22, 2016 at 4:56 am
                                  What a STUPID REPORT.I am appalled that the IE has stooped so low with such third rate reporters.Read the report.lt;br/gt;1.the Spy was caught while roaming around in Jerda Villagelt;br/gt;2.The Spy tried to escape on seeing the Armed Force and was caught after a hot chaselt;br/gt;3.The Spy was on watch during the last so many monthslt;br/gt;4.The Spy had maps.force deployment,Cash,SIMCards and two mobile phoneslt;br/gt;5.The Spy is named Bodh Raj.One hopes,the Spy is not the Raj of Dilwane Dulhaniya caught by his father in law while trying to elope with his pretty daughter.lt;br/gt;C'mon the IE on line Editor should give us a break from such sterile humour
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                                    Jawad
                                    Oct 22, 2016 at 4:29 am
                                    First the spy pigeon, then spy baloon and now spy Raj. Everyday a new drama. Instead of positive news we are looking for new news to fuel the hate. State department need to put ban for antagonising news. Just ban it for one month and see the positive results
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                                      Jawad
                                      Oct 22, 2016 at 5:58 am
                                      This is the reason that u always consider muslim to b a traitor and urself to be patriotic. Change your mindset. More hate will more create chaos. Love humanity more than religion.
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                                        Jawad
                                        Oct 22, 2016 at 11:47 am
                                        This speaks of your myopic mindset
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                                          Kim Sharma
                                          Oct 22, 2016 at 11:01 am
                                          India is falling apart from the border to the states and the process will continue as long as BJP and Modi are in power. Accidents and crimes were daily occurrences always, but never before did enemy firing/attack became a routine stuff in India.
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                                            krishna kumar
                                            Oct 22, 2016 at 11:58 am
                                            Such people need to be given exemplary punishment and no govt aid , in any form, be enled to such traitors and their dependents.
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