ISI agent held in Bihar, spy network busted
A former armyman allegedly working for the Pakistan's ISI was arrested from Jogbani in Bihar on the Indo-Nepal border.Updated: May 10, 2006 17:26 IST
A former army man allegedly working for the Pakistan's ISI was arrested from Jogbani in Bihar on the Indo-Nepal border leading to busting of an espionage ring involved in passing country's defence documents.
Jan Mohd Mansoori, the former lance naik of the Corps of Signals, was arrested on a tip off by the Army intelligence unit and the para-military 19 Seema Suraksha Bal while trying to flee to Nepal on May five, top army officials said on Wednesday.
Mansoori was intensively interrogated at the Eastern Command headquarters in Kolkata.
"Vital defence documents were found on Mansoori, a resident of Araria in Bihar," army officials said.
They said Mansoori was part of an espionage network run by the ISI, which was unearthed in 1997 at Jalandhar.
Giving details, officials said Mansoori, who joined the army in 1988, was put under surveillance in 1997, two years after he went to Pakistan on personal leave.
He was arrested in 1998 for spying from Jabalpur, but while being taken to Jalandhar by the army, he escaped from the train and since then remained untraced.
To a question, officials said Mansoori recruited ISI agents and documents seized from him gave a clear picture of the ISI activities in neighbouring countries.
First Published: May 10, 2006 17:26 IST