Odisha: Cameraman in DRDO missile range arrested for spying for ISI

  • Priya Ranjan Sahu, Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
  • Updated: Jan 25, 2015 02:22 IST

Police on Friday arrested a contractual cameraman of the Defence Research Development Organisation's (DRDO) Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha’s Balasore district on charge of spying for Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI.

Police said two computer disks, two mobile handsets and a bank passbook were seized from the possession of Ishwar Chandra Behera who was employed as a cameraperson on contractual basis in 2007 in the ITR and had been spying for ISI for the last 8-10 months.

“We had put him under surveillance after getting intelligence inputs about his suspicious activities. After we took him into custody and interrogated him, he confessed to passing on sensitive information about missile tests to the agent who recruited him,” eastern range police inspector general Asit Panigrahi said.

Panigrahi said Behera was in constant touch with his handler over phone and had met him at least 10 times during his trips to Kolkata. Police found money had been transferred to his account through internet banking from various places including Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Meerut, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar.

Two computer hard disks, two mobile handsets and a bank passbook were seized from Behera’s possession. The police have registered a case under Section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 121 A (treason) against him at the Chandipur police station, about 200 km east of Bhubaneswar. The police plans to take him on remand after producing him in court.

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