Ex-serviceman Apprehended in UP on Charge of Spying for Pakistan Since2016
A retired Army guy was detained on Friday in Uttar Pradesh on the charge of working for a Pakistani spy company considering that 2016, main sources said.
The sources told IANS that retired Signalman Saurabh Sharma was nabbed by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Team (ATS) following inputs from the Armed force Intelligence (MI) Unit in Lucknow.
The ex-serviceman was supposedly working for Pakistani intelligence handlers based in Karachi.
In November last, officials of the Lucknow MI had actually received inputs relating to Sharma’s ‘involvement’ in espionage activities, the sources stated. The info codenamed ‘Operation Cross-Connection’ was shared with the UP ATS in early December, following which a joint investigation was initiated.
After his arrest from his adult home in Bihuni town in Hapur district, Sharma informed his interrogators that he contacted a Pakistani intelligence operative on Facebook in 2014.
The operative, he stated, initially presented ‘herself’ as a defence journalist. Consequently, by 2016, he had begun sharing sensitive military details in return for cash, the sources said.
Sharma, the sources stated, shared all the sensitive details through text, audio and image messages and likewise calls, primarily on WhatsApp. He apparently got several payments from his Pakistani handlers.
The previous serviceman was released from the Army in June 2020 on medical premises. The sources said that proof of his activities have actually been discovered on his cellphone too.
An FIR has actually been lodged at the Gomti Nagar police headquarters in Lucknow versus Sharma under Sections 120- B and 123 of the IPC, Areas 3, 4, 5 and 9 of the Official Secrets Act, and Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Avoidance) Act.
The UP ATS is most likely to seek his police custody from a local court for more examination.
The Lucknow MI Unit, UP ATS and central intelligence companies are collectively taking a look at more leads in the event, the sources added.
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