An alleged Pakistani spy was arrested by the Rajasthan police from Jaisalmer on Thursday and items containing information on India’s defence institutions seized from him.
Nandlal (26), hailing from Sangad district in Pakistan, was arrested from a hotel in Jaisalmer on Thursday night by a CID (intelligence) team led by ASP Rajiv Dutta, ADGP (intelligence), Utkal Ranjan Sahoo said.
Two mobile phones with micro SD cards, 2010 Indian Rupees, 30 Pakistani Rupees and a diary containing information on money received from ISI, were recovered from him.
The SD cards contained classified information and photographs related to India’s defence institutions and vehicles, Sahoo said.
Preliminary probe revealed that Nandlal, a cloth trader in Pakistan, used to smuggle various items, including silk, with help from his associates in border areas of Rajasthan. He used to sell silk at cheap prices to obtain information about the defence agencies.
He collected the information and shared it with Pakistan’s Inter Service Intelligence officials using WhatsApp, Facebook and Skype, the ADGP said.
A senior officer told HT on condition of anonymity that this was Nandlal’s fourth visit after 2010, 2012 and 2014.
He had come to India on the Thar Express on August 5 on a valid visa. “His visit to Jaisalmer was illegal as the visa issued was for Jodhpur,” the officer said.
Depending upon the information he gave to ISI, he received varying amounts of money, all of which have been recorded in the diary, he said.
Nandlal was arrested under sections 3 and 3 (9) of Official Secret Act 1923. He was produced in court on Friday and brought to Jaipur for further interrogation, Sahoo said.
Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said the arrested accuse is an ISI agent and was being tracked for a long time.