‘Pak spy’ held in Pathankot booked under Official Secrets Act

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Pathankot
  • Updated: Feb 03, 2016 08:16 IST
Indian Air force personnel check people before entering Pathankot Air Force Base during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Where an Operation is carried out following the militants attack in Pathankot on Saturday. ) (Hindustan Times)

The Kashmiri labourer who was arrested from the Mamoon Cantonment area on charges of spying for Pakistani’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was on Tuesday booked under the stringent Official Secrets Act.

The accused, identified as Irshad from Surankot in Poonch district, worked with a local contractor and was on Sunday caught making calls to Pakistan.

It later emerged that Irshad used to click pictures of the cantonment area with his smart phone and share them with his handler, who in turn passed them on to some Pakistan-based agency, possibly the ISI.

The Mamoon Cantonment is one of the largest and most sensitive military bases of the Indian army. “Disclosure of any information that is likely to affect the sovereignty of India or friendly relations with foreign states is punishable under the Official Secrets Act,” said Pathankot senior superintendent of police RK Bakshi.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will be interrogating the suspected ISI agent to ascertain his role, if any, in the January 2 airbase attack in Pathankot that left seven security personnel dead.

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