ISI spy racket: Handler says Pakistan forced him to supply info

  • Ananya Bhardwaj and Prawesh Lama, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 01, 2015 09:36 IST
Kafaitullah Khan, the spy handler arrested in connection with ISI. (PTI Photo)

“I was not a spy. I was arrested in Pakistan and released only after I agreed to work for them,” Kafaitullah Khan reportedly told Delhi Police, a day after he was arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan.

Kafaitullah, an assistant librarian from J&K, said that in 2013 when he was at his cousin’s house in Gujaranwala, Pakistan, a police officer arrested him accusing him of entering the country illegally, sources said on Monday.

Sources said Kafaitullah claimed he was taken to the office of a superintendent of police, where he was kept the whole day.

“At the police station, an officer reportedly threatened him that he would languish in their jail for life and would never be able to return home. He said that the men then pretended to help him and told him that they can get him out of this mess only if he returned the favour by helping them in their work. They told him that he would be paid.He said he thought he would spy for them only once but after he received the money, he continued working for them full time,” said a police officer.

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Investigating officials said a recommendation letter for his visa addressed to the Pak High Commissioner that they had recovered contained the signature of a political leader belonging to an outfit named Jammu and Kashmir Freedom. The letter is in Urdu. Police were probing the leader’s involvement and informed the J&K police.

Kafaitullah, arrested by a team led by crime branch ACP KPS Malhotra, has been learnt to boast that he has at least four other agents posted in the border areas, like his arrested associate BSF head constable Abdul Rasheed, who helped Kafaitullah in stealing sensitive documents.

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While sources said that Kafaitullah, who was arrested by a team led by crime branch KPS Malhotra, had links with a retired army officer, Joint CP(Crime) RS Yadav refused to comment on it.

Rasheed, police said, was working with a 8-10 member team in the intelligence unit of a deputy commandant in Rajouri. Following Rasheed’s arrest, the BSF officers probed all his team members but they were found to be clean. “Abdul gave away information related to the army deployment and armed units. His colleagues are also surprised at this involvement. He was always very quiet and has never been accused of any wrongdoing to date,” said a senior BSF officer.

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