An Indian Army rifleman was apprehended on Sunday from West Bengal’s Siliguri by Delhi Police crime branch team in a case of espionage linked to Pakistan’s ISI.
This is the fifth arrest made in the case between November 26 and December 6 from Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Siliguri. Alleged ISI agent Kafaitullah, government school teacher Sabar Khan, BSF personnel Abdul Rasheed and former army havildar Munawwar Ahmad Mir are the others arrested in connection with case.
The rifleman, identified as Farid Khan, was already detained by army personnel soon after the Delhi Police unearthed the espionage racket led by alleged ISI agent Kafaitullah Khan, who was sharing confidential documents pertaining to the Indian Army with his handler in Pakistan.
Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner of police (crime branch), said Farid was posted in the Jammu and Kashmir light infantry regiment. “Farid was in touch with Sabar and was introduced to ISI operative Kafaitullah in 2014. He was arrested from Siliguri and is being brought to Delhi by the eight-member crime branch team,” said Yadav.
Investigators said Farid was allegedly sharing secret information related to army’s deployment and planning in areas where he was posted with Kafaitullah, who was further forwarding them to his handler in Pakistan through web applications.
“Farid’s brief interrogation revealed that he used the code name ‘surgeon’ for carrying out anti-national activities and contacting his handlers. His name surfaced after investigators obtained a CD — which recorded conversations between him and Sabar and also with Kafaitullah — from Kafaitullah’s possession. Farid has also been booked under provisions of the Official Secrets Act,” said a crime branch officer.
Police have not found any documents with Farid but there is sufficient evidence, including disclosures, needed for his arrest, the official said.
Meanwhile, a crime branch team which was rushed to Rajouri, reached Delhi with Mir and Sabar. They will be produced before a city court on Monday, the official said.