‘ISI agent’, two Pakistani men detained in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer
The alleged ISI agent is accused of sending confidential information to Pakistan’s spy agency. Agencies believe detained spies have shared vital information in the past on exercises of the army and air force.Updated: May 20, 2017, 12:49 IST
A suspected agent of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was detained in a joint operation in Jaisalmer by the intelligence units of Rajasthan Police and the Indian Army, officials said on Saturday. Two Pakistani nationals were also detained in another operation but officials said they will be sent back.
A report by IANS said Haji Khan was detained from his house in Kunjari village of Jaisalmer following intelligence inputs.
Khan, accused of sending confidential information to the ISI, has been sent to Jodhpur for further interrogation, a Rajasthan Police official said.
Investigators said they recovered incriminating documents from his possession.
“Khan was detained a few months back but released due to lack of evidence,” the official said, adding: “He used to visit Pakistan at regular intervals as his maternal house is there.”
Kunjari is situated at the Indian Air Force’s Chandan field firing range, part of the Pokhran field firing range, and agencies believe that detained spies shared vital information regarding exercise of the army and air force to the ISI.
The accused, a resident of Jaisalmer, was nabbed on Friday and taken to Jodhpur for initial questioning, additional director general of police (Intelligence) UR Sahoo told PTI.
There were certain inputs that he allegedly had some “connections” with the ISI, and was on the radar of the intelligence agencies for some time now. “The man has not been arrested so far,” the officer added.
Meanwhile, an ANI report said the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and army intelligence detained two Pakistani nationals on suspicion of being ISI agents in Jaisalmer.
“Till now, no such suspicious information has come out. So most probably they will be sent back to Pakistan,” superintendent of police Gaurav Yadav told ANI.
Earlier this month, police in Mumbai, in a joint operation with the Uttar Pradesh ATS, arrested another suspected ISI agent. Three persons -- one from Faizabad and two from Mumbai -- have been arrested so far.
Two alleged spies -- identified as Bariyam Khan and Haji Khan -- were also detained in November-December last year from near the Kishangarh range in Rajasthan, the ANI report said.