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.