Security has been stiffened for the upcoming passing out parade of the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun following the information that a suspected Pakistani intelligence agency agent arrested in Meerut had recced army areas in Dehradun, Ranikhet and Haldwani.
The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force on November 27 arrested alleged Pakistani national Mohammad Kalam alias Ijaz for allegedly passing on vital information about the Indian Army to Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence.
The intelligence agencies said Ijaz moved around the Raiwala cantonment in Dehradun and used the National Highway from Bareilly to Kumaon. It has put the Dehradun district administration on high alert as the Passing out Parade is scheduled for December 12 at the Premnagar Campus of the IMA and the reviewing officer of the parade is expected to be chief of army staff general Dalbeer Singh Suhag.
Dehradun Senior superintendent of police Sadanand Date said intelligence agencies had issued a general alert for the northern establishments of the army.
“There are talks that Ijaz conducted recce of the army cantonment in Raiwala in Dehradun due to which we are on high alert,” said Date.
He said the police were verifying details of contract workers posted at the IMA.
“The contract employees are the weakest link and can be lured or pressurised by vested interests to carry out untoward activities. We are checking antecedents of contractual workers.”
Yogesh Kumar, the incharge of local intelligence unit in Dehradun, said there were no specific inputs about IMA regarding security threats but they were taking no chances.
“We have galvanised the intelligence gathering mechanism and are keeping watch for covert activities in the district.”