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Pak handlers tested Mozawalla with innocuous CDs

Crime branch interrogators of Javed Abdul Gafoor Mozawalla, who was arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan, have learnt that the 28-year-old visa-facilitating agent from Mazgaon had supplied some innocuous information to his handlers in the Pakistan High Commissioner’s office at New Delhi in the past.

mumbai Updated: Dec 18, 2010 02:39 IST

Crime branch interrogators of Javed Abdul Gafoor Mozawalla, who was arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan, have learnt that the 28-year-old visa-facilitating agent from Mazgaon had supplied some innocuous information to his handlers in the Pakistan High Commissioner’s office at New Delhi in the past.

By past, the interrogators mean the time he was off the radar of intelligence agencies and was just beginning to work for the Pakistanis.

Sources said among other things – like photographs of the Gateway of India and the Lion Gate (western naval command area) – Mozawalla had passed on a CD of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) numbers in the city to ‘Kornel Sahib’ and ‘Major Sahib’, the two senior Pak high commission office staff he was in touch with. The CD is available in the open market, and hence, interrogators believe the Pak handlers could have just been initiating him into their web by giving petty and harmless assignments. In return, he was treated specially by the high commissioner’s office and visa applications made by him were never rejected. “That is how they (Pakistani officials) ensured his confidence,” one of the interrogators said while requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Meanwhile, the crime branch has so far recovered 15 passports from his flat at Infinity Towers in Mazgaon. The passports belong to people for whom he had arranged Pakistani visas. Sources said they had run a check on the people who had gone to Pakistan on these passports and came to know that they had all gone in family groups to meet relatives across the border. However, the police are trying to ascertain the profile of the hundreds more whose Pakistan visas had been arranged by Mozawalla in the past.

Interestingly, in what has come as a temporary stumbling block in the investigation, the crime branch was unable to read the contents in as many as four CDs (Compact Disks) seized from Mozawalla’s house. They appear to be password secured. Those have been sent to the state forensic science laboratory to be decoded by cyber forensic experts. Moreover, a pen drive seized from his residence has been found to be blank while Mozawalla’s laptop was untraceable.