The Pakistan high commission employee who was expelled by India for spying, told police that 16 people were part of the espionage ring.
Police on Tuesday said Mehmood Akhtar made the claim during his interrogation by Delhi Police, saying 16 staffers at the high commission were in touch with spies for extracting sensitive information and documents pertaining to the army and Border Security Force.
Authorities are still verifying the information; if found true, police are likely to write to the external affairs ministry to take the matter forward.
Crime Branch teams are raiding various places in Rajasthan to apprehend the locals who provided confidential documents and information to Akhtar.
Police had arrested Maulana Ramzan, Subhash Jangir and Shoaib with Akhtar, uncovering the details of the spy ring. Further investigation indicated involvement of paramilitary personnel in leaking information, sources said. Two persons have also been detained in Rajasthan and are currently being questioned, said an officer privy to details of the probe.
“It is suspected that some retired officers were in touch with the arrested spies,” he said.
Farhat Khan, the personal assistant to Samajwadi Party’s MP, Munavvar Saleem, was also arrested last week in connection with the espionage mission.
The Pakistan high commission staffer was caught receiving secret documents from Ramzan and Jangir, residents of Nagaur, in New Delhi on October 26. Another accused Shoaib was detained in Jodhpur and brought to Delhi by the police where he was arrested.