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Arrested ISI agent has easy access to Army units

patna Updated: Sep 23, 2009 21:04 IST

The suspected ISI agent, Sudhanshu Sudhakar, arrested by the Special Task Force in Patna on Tuesday, had collected vital information about deployment of different units of the Indian Army in the country, including Pathankot (Punjab) and Jammu and Kashmir.

Sudhanshu, a dismissed sepoy of the Army and resident of Sitamarhi district, made this startling revelation during his interrogation by the officials of the Intelligence Bureau, Special Task Force and other intelligence agencies on Wednesday.

He told the police that he had sent information about the Army units deployed at Secunderabad, Lucknow, Bhuj and Delhi to the ISI operatives twice. A sepoy posted at Secunderabad, Vivek Ranjan and a retired Army personnel M Ravindran helped him in collecting information about the Army locations and missile units, he disclosed.

Sudhanshu told the interrogators, that while Ranjan had given confidential information about deployment of the military units in three handwritten pages, M Ravindran had provided detailed information related to 54 and 91 divisions of the Army.

He disclosed that one Lance Naik SK Yadav had helped him in gathering secret information about Bengal Engineering Group, Roorkee, 52nd Armed Core and on the Task Force.

“I had already gathered information about the deployment of some important Army divisions, including 21, 10, 39, 25 and 26 divisions. The locations of the divisions have been shown through sketches,” said a senior police official quoting Sudhanshu.

The official said that Sudhanshu had also gathered information about 76 infantry battalion and the satellites set off by India for espionage purpose. He had also information about 87-mountain brigade of the Army.

He also revealed the names of his 13 associates, who used to help one another. About his connections with the ISI, Sudhanshu said, “It was Munna Singh, an agent of a private bus service at Sitamarhi, who had introduced him to Pappu Srivastava, a Madhubani-based operative of the ISI. Later, Srivastava introduced him to a Kathmandu based ISI operative codenamed as Rana.”

The interrogators were taken aback when they came to know that Srivastava had recruited several Army deserters in Bihar to gather specific information for the ISI. “Srivastava was earlier booked in a kidnapping case and is now working for the ISI,” he said. He admitted that he had visited Kathmandu in June 2008 and met Rana, who claimed himself to be an official of the ISI.

The memory card of 256 MB seized from Sudhanshu’s possession contained vital information about internal security of India and modern techniques of training imparted Army officials.