EX-soldier arrested for spying for Pak
Bihar’s links with Pikistan’s ISI was established again on Tuesday, when the special task force personnel arrested a dismissed constable of the Indian Army from Kankarbagh locality of the State Capital. Ramashankar and Avinash Kumar report.patna Updated: Sep 23, 2009 01:07 IST
The police seized some confidential Army documents and books containing vital information from the possession of alleged ISI agent, Sudhanshu Sudhakar, during the raid at his Kankarbagh rented accommodation. Besides several map of key civilian and army installations, which were recovered, a dossier on SP's of bordering districts of Bihar with Nepal were also seized. Missile designs, probably, such used by the Indian army was also found on him as also plans of deployment of army formations in onflict zones including in Jammu & Kashmir.
Sudhanshu alias Gorakh alias Chhotu, a resident of Sitamarhi district situated on the Indo-Nepal border, was staying in Patna for the past six months to keep an eye on troop movements and supply chains of the Indian Army for the past two years and sending information abroad via Pakistan High Commission office in Kathmandu.
Describing the arrest of Sudhanshu as a huge achievement for the police, Additional Director General (headquarters) Neelmani, said that the alleged ISI operative was caught following a tip off given by the Intelligence Bureau and other intelligence agencies.
“The former sepoy of the Indian Army has been booked under the Official Secrets Act,” Neelmani said, adding that the Ministry of Home Affairs has already been informed about the arrest.
Sources said that the police seized five sim cards and a Nepali mobile from Sudhanshu. The sim cards were used for sending information to a Kathmandu-based ISI operative, Rana. “We have come to know that Sudhanshu was in constant touch with Rana, who is employed at the Pakistan Embassy in Nepal at Kathmandu.
IG (Opearation) S K Bhardwaj, said that the Sudhanshu was on his way to Kathmandu to share secrets with the ISI module on deployment of the Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Punjab and Secunderabad in Andhra Pradesh, besides inputs on missiles.
During interrogation Sudhanshu revealed that he was paid Rs 11,000 for every information that he used to provide to the ISI operatives. “They had promised to give Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh for the information on deployment of strike divisions of the Army, missiles and the techniques of training of officials,” he disclosed.
Sudhanshu revealed the names of his associates and those who were on the payroll of the ISI in Bihar. He admitted that he had visited Nepal twice earlier. “Raids are on to arrest others involved in espionage on the Indian forces,” a senior official said.
Sudhanshu, in the course of the interrogation, admitted to being in Patna to gather information on the Ordnance Factory at Rajgir in Nalanda district. “It was Pappu Srivastava of Madhubani district, who had introduced him to Rana who is employed at Pakistan’s embassy in Nepal,” the official said.
Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Vineet Vinayak said that the former sepoy was dismissed from the Idian Army in 2007 after being court-martialled due to his dubious activities. He had joined the Army in 2002 in the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering unit. “He had also undergone an imprisonment for six months before being dismissed from service,” the SSP said.
The police seized some important documents during the raid at his native place Bangaon under Majorganj police station in Sitamarhi district, he said, adding that the authenticity of the documents seized from Sudhanshu’s possession would be verified by the Army officials. Some of the documents were said to be handwritten.
Sources said that the police were on the look out for some other dismissed jawans of the Army, who were suspected to be involved in anti-national activities. “Sudhanshu used to operate through his friends posted at different army bases in the country,” said an official.
Some officials of the Intelligence wing of the Army have also interrogated the alleged ISI agent. The JOB Sub-area station headquarters of the Army at Danapur has, however, not yet contacted the Bihar police for any information about the dismissed sepoy.
Sudhanshu’s father Anil Kumar Singh, a farmer, however, told a police team that visited his village on Tuesday, that he had disowned his son after he (Sudhanshu) tried to manhandle him. “He is not my legal heir,” he clarified.
Sudhanshu’s wife, however, alleged that her husband had been falsely implicated. “Had my husband been an ISI agent, the economic condition of my family would be different,” she added.
Earlier, Mohammad Zubair alias Umar Madani, a resident of Madhubani district, was arrested in New Delhi a few months ago on the charge of carrying out terror attacks in different parts of the country in alleged collusion with ISI modules.