The State Special Operations Cell (SSOC) has arrested a local resident on the charge of spying for Pakistan and seized documents related to the Indian army from his possession.
A release issued by the SSOC here on Wednesday identified the accused as Tarwinder Singh, a resident of Kakkar Tarin village under Lopoke police station of Amritsar rural police district. He was taken into custody near the joint border check post on the basis of intelligence inputs with the SSOC.
A special SSOC team recovered a Pakistani SIM card, photographs of restricted areas, restricted army manuals and a hand-made sketch of military installations in and around Amritsar.
He was arrested under sections 3, 4 and 9 of the Official Secrets Act and Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The case was registered at the SSOC police station in Amritsar.
Preliminary questioning revealed that he was an unemployed youth who had gone to Dubai (UAE) in 2010 in search of employment but returned after a year. He went to Pakistan in April this year as part of a Sikh jatha and spent 10 days there.
In Pakistan, he was contacted by an intelligence/spy agency and lured with money by a Pakistani official. After agreeing to spying for the Pakistani agency, he was asked to use the code name of 'Rao Sahib'. The SIM card of a Pakistani telecom company was handed over to him. According to the SSOC, Tarwinder's handlers asked him to gather and pass on information about the movement of army units in Amritsar and the Dera Baba Nanak sector of Gurdaspur district. He was also directed to keep tabs on the construction of new bunkers on the Indian side of the border and pass on information.
He was directed to take photographs of army vehicles, along with their formation signs, and asked to provide information about army exercises and training patterns. He was also told to keep a close watch on all activity, including new constructions, along the Amritsar-Attari road.
Tarwinder will be produced in court, where his police remand will be sought by SSOC officials. He is also expected to be quizzed by military officials.