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'ISI luring Indians with love on Net'

The arrest of Inter Service Intelligence agent in Pune has given a new angle about Pakistan's agency using internet and chatting mode to lure the youth from India to extract vital information and create propoganda.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2007 02:00 IST

The arrest of Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) agent in Pune, some three days back, has brought into focus a new startling angle about how the Pakistan's intelligence agency is using internet and chatting mode to lure the youth from India to extract information. The new revelation came after Pune police while investigating the links of Vishal Upadhya, a youth originally from Bokaro city of Jharkhand, with ISI.

Pune police Commissioner Jayant Umranikar told the Hindustan Times the modus operandi being used by the ISI is to entice or engage the youth from India who is looking for some companion through internet. "First they lure the person like Vishal Upadhyay through chatting websites. And then they use him as their informer", said Umaranikar.

When asked whether Upadhyay was caught into the trap of ISI through the intelligence agency creating semblance about a young girl getting attracted to him during the chatting, Umaranikar said that "one never know a person on the other side was really a girl or any other person". Police have seized some letters and e-mail copies of his girlfriend 'Fatima', whom Upadhyay was fallen in love after he got acquaint with her through chatting. Umaranikar further said that social networking webportal is also being used by ISI to create propoganda.

According to the friends of Upadhyay, who did not wish to be named, he was seeking to convert into an Islam religion. The police officials confirmed this saying that following the pre-condition put up by his girlfriend to get convert into Islam, Upadhyay went to several Muslim clerics and other persons requesting them to convert him into Islam. However his efforts failed and he could not convirt himself into Islam.

The arrest of Upadhyay has sent jitters into police department. The city police commissioner, after the some sensational revelations about information pertaining to vital establishments and religious places transferred to ISI by Upadhyay, called a high-level meeting of military intelligence officials. "During the meeting, we asked the senior military officials to be extra alert and also monitor their internet connections", said Umaranikar.

Pune has as many as 20 vital defence establishments besides being the headquarter of Indian Army's Sourthern Command. Some of the other establishments includes the two Ordinance factories, various Defence Research organizations and prominent National Defence Academy. The 12 CDs seized from Upadhyay also has mention of some of the defence establishments. It also has information and maps of Pune famous Dagadusheth Temple. It was also revealed that Upadhyay had received Rs 30000.

Senior police officials said that Upadhyay is not cooperating with the investigating officials and he may be subjected to Narco-Analysis test to get out the truth.

First Published: Apr 11, 2007 19:14 IST