Updated: August 27, 2016 9:59:45 pm
Pakistani national Nand Lal Maharaj, who was arrested on charges of being an ISI agent, operated two accounts on Facebook for obtaining strategic information from people living in the border districts of Barmer and Jaisalmer, police said on Saturday. The spy, also known as Nand Lal Garg, revealed during interrogation that he used the two accounts to communicate with his sources in the border areas.
Maharaj had uploaded pictures that he had taken of several places in Jaisalmer in one of those accounts. The account also contained pictures of some places in Pakistan. Police Superintendent Gaurav Yadav on Saturday cautioned people against speaking with unknown persons on social media. He also appealed to them to inform police if they come to know of any suspicious persons.
Maharaj had been arrested near the Indo-Pak border in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan earlier this month, with police claiming to have recovered classified information from him. He is a resident of Sangad district in Pakistan and had come to India earlier this month on visa.
“A team led by Rajeev Dutta, ADSP with CID Special Branch, arrested Pakistani national Nandlal Maharaj, 26, from Hotel Maru Palace in Jaisalmer for alleged spying,” Additional Director General (Intelligence) Utkal Ranjan Sahoo had said.
The suspect is from from Khipro, in Sanghar district of Pakistan’s Sindh province, which is on Rajasthan border, and came through Munabao in Barmer on August 5, Sahoo said.
Two mobile phones, including micro SD cards, Rs 2,010 and 30 Pakistani rupees have been seized from him. According to intelligence officials, “information of strategic importance, and photographs of defence installations and vehicles” have been recovered from the micro SD cards.
“We were after him for a long time. He had been regularly visiting here for the past few years. He collected information from people and sent it to Pakistan,” state Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said. Officials said this case is different from others as Nandlal Maharaj is a Hindu and had valid documents.
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