The Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Sunday arrested a serving Armyman from Siliguri in West Bengal in connection with the suspected ISI-linked espionage racket. The is the fifth arrest in the case, allegedly headed by suspected ISI operative Kafaitullah Khan.
The police said the accused, identified as Fareed Khan, served as a rifleman in the Army.
The police said Fareed, who used the code name ‘Surgeon’, came under the scanner after they recovered a CD from Khan’s possession, which contained purported conversations between the two. Fareed was booked under provisions of Officials Secrets Act and was produced before a court. He will be brought to Delhi on a transit remand on Monday.
“Fareed was arrested from Siliguri on Sunday by a team of crime branch officials. He was posted in the J&K light infantry regiment. In 2014, a schoolteacher, Sabar, had introduced him to Kaifaitullah. For the past few days, Fareed had been detained by the Army on the request of Delhi Police’s Crime branch,” said Ravindra Yadav, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime). The police said Fareed met Sabar during his posting in Rajouri and was later introduced to other members.
Kafaitullah was the first person to be arrested in the espionage case from New Delhi on November 26, while he was heading to Bhopal to attend a religious congregation. Police later arrested a serving BSF personnel Abdul Rasheed and a former Army havildar Munawwar Ahmad Mir. The fourth one to be arrested was government schoolteacher Sabar, who was taken into custody on Saturday. He was arrested from his rented accommodation at Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir.