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IAF officer ‘honey-trapped’: Pakistan’s alleged ISI agents kept the nature of their conversations different

A senior police officer familiar with the matter said of the two, Kiran focused singularly on sexually explicit chats while Mahima discussed a range of topics with IAF officer Arun Marwaha.

delhi Updated: Feb 11, 2018 07:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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IGroup Captain Marwaha was arrested by the Delhi Police special cell on Wednesday for allegedly leaking classified defence information to the two ‘girls’.(HT Photo)

The alleged ISI agents who posed as cyber entities Mahima Patel and Kiran Randhawa to honeytrap IAF officer Arun Marwaha kept the nature of their conversations with him different to make sure they did not seem connected, police said on Saturday.

Group Captain Marwaha was arrested by the Delhi Police special cell on Wednesday for allegedly leaking classified defence information to the two “girls”. Special cell sleuths continued Marwaha’s custodial interrogation on Saturday during which he shared more details about his conversations with the two.

A senior police officer familiar with the matter said of the two, Kiran focused singularly on sexually explicit chats while Mahima discussed a range of topics with Marwaha.

“He met both on Facebook in December before inviting them to chat with him on WhatsApp. Kiran told him she was from Punjab while Mahima said she was from West Bengal. Both approached the IAF officer within a span of a few days but ensured that the nature of conversations never dropped any hint that they could be linked,” said the officer.

And though both engaged in sex chat and lured him into sharing defence-related information, Mahima was more diversified with the topics she discussed. She asked Marwaha about his family life, his past experiences, his job and its challenges, police said. Kiran, on the other hand, is said to have restricted her conversations to explicit sexual content.

Police earlier said Marwaha was trapped by a dedicated wing of the ISI which creates multiple Facebook accounts and sends friend requests to several officers who can provide information.

Once the officers become friends with these cyber entities, they exchange obscene pictures and conduct a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) interaction to first lure them and then access the content they are looking for. In Marwaha’s case, however, he had never spoken to the entities he was chatting with directly.

Another senior police officer said they were expecting the initial forensic analysis report of Marwaha’s seized mobile phones on which he allegedly had the conversations. “Some of the chats have been deleted and we are trying that experts manage to retrieve those. Once the reports are with us, we can confront Marwaha with those reports and also cross-check if all the claims he made during interrogation were true,” said another officer.

First Published: Feb 11, 2018 07:33 IST