Suspected Pakistani ISI agent Asad Ali, arrested from Haridwar, allegedly had a string of relationships with local women apparently to win people's confidence to extract information regarding cantonment areas.
Ali was arrested on January 25 by the Anti-Terrorist Squad from Gangnahar area in Rookree where he was living under the name of Abid Ali, police said, adding he used to supply vital information to Pakistan. The arrest was carried out when he was sending a courier to Amir Rathor, an ISI officer, in Dubai.
The envelope contained maps of Roorkee cantonment area. Some maps of cantonment areas, a laptop, a pen-drive and other documents were recovered from Ali, DIG Kumbh Alok Sharma said.
The ISI agent fell in love with Muskan, a married woman of Kakroli area of Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh. Later, when Ali shifted his base to Roorkee last year he married Shaista, daughter of Kabir Khan. But few months back, Ali returned to Muskan and was living with her, police said.
In between, Ali had relationships with a couple of more women. By entering into love affairs, Ali had tried to gain confidence of locals in both Muzaffarnagar and Roorkee where whom he took information of army's cantonment areas. Ali was staying in India after he flew to Kathmandu via Dhaka from Lahore and later stayed under various false names in different places like Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Lucknow and Bikaner.
Police teams are being sent to these places to find out any possible hideouts of the agent and his associates. Significantly, Ali has been arrested from Haridwar district where maha kumbh mela is presently underway.