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NSG man spoke with Pak spy after Hyderabad blasts: Court of Inquiry

The National Security Guard has completed the court of inquiry that was ordered after an officer posted with the agency parted with details

Written by VijaitaSingh | New Delhi | Published: April 20, 2013 4:02:28 am

The National Security Guard has completed the court of inquiry that was ordered after an officer posted with the agency parted with details about the force’s deployment after the Hyderabad blasts in February this year to a Pakistani intelligence officer.

The CoI has established that the officer was guilty of speaking to the Pakistani intelligence officer and he has been asked to give further explanations,an official said. The telephone exchange operator,who transferred the call to the concerned officer,has also been asked to give an explanation.

The incident had rattled the security agencies with the Intelligence Bureau sending out a strongly worded circular to all the concerned agencies,detailing attempts by the Pakistani intelligence officer to get vital internal security details of the country.

NSG DG Arvind Ranjan said that after the incident they issued a detailed circular to their officers on how to conduct themselves during such situations. “We have issued strict guidelines on this subject and have asked our officials to be on alert. We are also conducting surprise checks to see whether the directions are being followed or not,” he said.

A senior NSG official said that like the Army they have also asked their men to limit their interactions with strangers on social networking websites and also not to entertain calls from unknown numbers. “The Pakistani officer involved in this incident has earlier also made several attempts where he sought details from officials on fake identity,” said the official.

On February 24,after the twin explosions in Hyderabad,a Pakistani intelligence officer who identified himself as Major Ajay Sharma from Military Intelligence-III in Delhi,first made a call to NSG headquarters in Delhi. The telephone operator redirected the call to NSG’s Hyderabad hub where it was received by an Army captain,on deputation with the force. The incident came to light after the IB intercepted this particular conversation when it was analysing several calls post Hyderabad blasts.

During the conversation,the officer gave details about deployment of NSG team from the regional hub in Hyderabad. A preliminary probe revealed that no details about the blasts or post-blasts information was given to the caller. A CoI was then ordered by DG,NSG.

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