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Cops probing how Pak spy gained access to vital sites

Mumbai Police Crime Branch last week for allegedly spying for Pakistan.

Javed Mozawala,a 28-year-old visa agent arrested by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch last week for allegedly spying for Pakistan,was on Thursday taken to one of the sensitive sites he had recced in the past two years. The police said Mozawala will reconstruct how he managed to gain access to the sites and photograph them. They said Mozawala will be interrogated by the army and navy intelligence as well.“Mozawala was taken to a location outside the city. The process will be repeated for all the places he gained access to and photographed. Some of these sites are restricted,and we need to verify his explanation on how he managed to breach security. He has told us certain ways in which he gained access,but these need to be verified before we can divulge details,” said a senior Crime Branch officer,who did not wish to be named.According to the Crime Branch,over the past two years he had passed on sensitive information such as photographs of these sites on a micro-chip to these diplomats during his frequent trips to the capital. Mozawala knew secret telephone numbers of senior officials in defence establishments and vital installations. The police claimed Mozawala had undergone a civil aviation course in ground handling,which they suspect could have “sinister implications”. “Since some of the sites he recced were defence cantonments and installations,and he had restricted-use numbers of senior officials,Mozawala will also be questioned by the army and navy intelligence,” said the officer. The Crime Branch is studying Mozawala’s call records to ascertain if he was in contact with anyone in the defence establishment,and whether he had any other local associate. Investigations revealed he made calls to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Mozawala was working as a visa agent and used to liaise with the Pakistan High Commission to get people visas to visit Pakistan.

First published on: 17-12-2010 at 01:12:49 am
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