Greed pushed armymen into spying
DELHI POLICE'S special cell on Friday cracked two espionage cases, arresting two armymen who were allegedly passing on sensitive information about army establishments to their Pakistani handlers. In one instance, a Pakistan High Commission employee was caught accepting secret documents.india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 14:43 IST
DELHI POLICE'S special cell on Friday cracked two espionage cases, arresting two armymen who were allegedly passing on sensitive information about army establishments to their Pakistani handlers. In one instance, a Pakistan High Commission employee was caught accepting secret documents.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar said police had received information that Anil Kumar Dubey, posted with the Army Group Insurance Directorate, was involved in spying. "We had a specific tipoff that Dubey would meet his Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) handler on Friday evening near Holi Chowk, Mahipalpur," he said.
Dubey was caught handing over documents, pen drives and CDs to Mohammed Farooq, who works as a driver at the Pakistan High Commission "An identity card was also recovered from Farooq which established who he was," said Kumar.
Police said Dubey had been in touch with Farooq for the past several months and was being paid handsomely for his efforts.
While Dubey was arrested under the Official Secrets Act, Farooq was handed over to the Pakistan High Commission through the Ministry of External Affairs after a medical check-up. Karnal Singh, joint commissioner, special cell, said: "On interrogation, Farooq disclosed that he is an ISI agent, currently posted in Delhi." In the other case, police arrested Ritesh Kumar Vishwakarma, an army signalman posted in Leh, after he reached Delhi by a Jet Airways flight.
A pen drive and secret documents related to the Indian Army were recovered from him. "Vishwakarma had taken 10 days leave to go home," said Kumar. "Instead, he was on his way to Kathmandu to deliver the documents to his ISI handlers." He too did it for money.
The police said Vishwakarma had been to Kathmandu thrice before — in December last year and in May and August this year. His handlers paid him Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 during the last two visits. A police officer said the CDs and the pen drives recovered in the two cases were being analysed.
First Published: Oct 23, 2006 14:43 IST