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‘Honey-trapped’, Indian Air Force jawan arrested for espionage

Delhi Crime Branch suspects ISI link, says woman wanted information on IAF radars, posting of senior officials

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: May 13, 2022 1:05:56 am
Accused IAF jawan Devendra Sharma

An Indian Air Force jawan has been arrested on espionage charges, Delhi Police Crime Branch officials said Thursday, adding that they suspect he was ‘honey-trapped’ online by an unidentified woman who allegedly collected sensitive information from him.

Devendra Sharma, who hails from Kanpur, works as an administrative assistant at the Air Force Records Office in Subroto Park, police said, adding that he was arrested based on inputs received on May 6 and is being questioned.

“We received a complaint from the IAF, stating that Sharma had leaked information about defence installations after deceitfully getting the information from computers. He allegedly leaked information to an agent of an adversary country and also received money for it,” a police statement said.

Police said a case under the Official Secrets Act has been registered against Sharma.

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According to police, Sharma, who was arrested from Dhaula Kuan, met a woman on Facebook. The woman befriended him and called him frequently, trying to collect information about the IAF. “She was trying to get information about positions of the IAF radars, posting of senior officials and their details,” police said in their statement.

“We also analysed his wife’s bank account and found suspicious transactions. We also found the number that she (the woman) used was from an Indian Service Provider, and we are trying to trace her,” a police officer said. The Crime Branch seized all electronic gadgets and documents in connection with the case.

Last year in July, police had arrested a Naik for allegedly providing classified documents from the Pokhran camp to Pakistan’s ISI with the help of a contractor. He was arrested from Agra, UP.

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