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Espionage Network: Serving army personnel arrested for selling secrets

“He was detained by the army for the past few days and finally handed over to the Crime Branch.”

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Fareed Khan, a serving army personnel, became the fifth person to be arrested on Sunday for allegedly being a part of an espionage networking operating at the behest of Pakistani Intelligence operatives. The Crime branch of Delhi police, which is heading the investigation into the espionage network prevalent in the Indian armed forces, today arrested Khan from Siliguri in West Bengal.The accused was posted as a rifleman with the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment. According to the Crime Branch, Fareed was introduced to the prime accused Kafaitullah Khan in the year 2014, by Mohammad Sabar, alias Shabir, a teacher at a state-run school, who was also arrested from Rajouri district in Jammu on Saturday in connection with an alleged ISI-linked espionage network. Fareed, at that time was posted in Rajouri area of J&K.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”He was detained by the army for the past few days and finally handed over to the Crime Branch,” said Ravindra Yadav, Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch.Code named as Surgeon’, Fareed name is said to have been cropped during the interrogation of Kafaitullah Khan. dna had earlier reported that the Crime Branch had identified atleast four persons alleged to be a part of the network. According to sources, no documents were recovered from Fareed at the time of his arrest.Kafaitullah was the first person to be arrested from New Delhi on November 26, while he was heading to Bhopal to attend a religious congregation where he was supposed to scout for more information and possible recruits. His arrest was followed by the arrest of serving BSF head constable Abdul Rasheed, former Rashtriya Rifles personnel Munawwar Ahmad Mir and a government school teacher, Sabar, who was taken into custody yesterday from his rented accommodation at Rajouri district.Sabar was arrested amid high drama as he tried to dodge the police team which reached his village. He injured his foot when he jumped from the top floor of his residence. Following his arrests, villagers engaged in a confrontation with the Crime Branch and tried to obstruct the arrest. Meanwhile both Sabar and Fareed will be produced in a city court on Monday. Crime Branch officials told dna that more arrests might take place in the coming week depending on the interrogation of the accused men.

Pakistan High Commission’s role comes under scanner in spy ring

Kaifatullah Khan(left), in the custody of crime branch in New Delhi on Monday
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In a development which could also result in a major diplomatic row between India and Pakistan, the crime branch of Delhi Police has put Pakistani High Commission under their scanner in connection to the espionage network busted in the National Capital on Sunday.Not only has Pakistan High Commission’s name cropped up during the busting of the espionage network, but police here believe that there is a strong possibility that the arrested ISI agents had penetrated both the Indian Army and India based security agencies.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Crime branch officials on Monday said that during interrogation Kaifatullah Khan, the alleged spy, revealed that a Pakistani Intelligence Operative (PIO) in Pakistan had directed him to apply for the Pakistan visa at the high commission and meet a ‘contact’ there.”The PIO had briefed him to contact him once he reaches Pakistan High Commission. He (Kaifatullah) was supposed to meet a contact of PIO near the Pakistan High Commission and had to hand over the passport and the recommendation letter. The recommendation letter was discovered from his possession which has been addressed to Pakistan High Commissioner. All the logistic support was to be provided by the contact of the PIO whom he had to meet near Pakistan High Commission. The passport and the recommendation letter have been seized from his possession,” said Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner of police, Crime Branch.Kaifatullah, a librarian in a higher secondary school in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri area, was taken in police custody on Thursday last week when he was on his way to ‘Bhopal Ijtema’, an annual religious gathering, where he was allegedly supposed to scout for information and possible recruits.Subsequently Abdul Rasheed, a head constable in the Border Security Force was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday for allegedly providing official secrets to Khan who is accused of working at the behest of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, ISI. According to sources, Abdul was first interrogated by the BSF and then handed over the crime branch.According to investigations so far, it has been revealed that Kaifatullah was able to penetrate Indian Army, BSF and various security agencies of India at multiple levels and had been “procuring secret information detrimental to the security of the country”. Rasheed, a cousin of Khan, however was one of his main sources.Kaifatullah was given specific tasks by the PIO, which were mainly concerning with the deployment of security forces and air force operations. The information was passed through e-mail, WhatsApp and Viber.Abdul, a head constable in the intelligence wing of BSF posted at the office of DIG, initially passed information to Kaifatullah but later had come in direct contact with ISI agents across the border. According to police Kaifatullah was selected in the year 1990 and was earlier posted in Gujarat and West Bengal and shifted to J&K in year 1998.”Being in the intelligence wing of BSF, he was having access to secret/sensitive information pertaining to deployment/ Border fencing/movement of the troops. He was passing the information to PIO initially through Kafaitullah but later on he developed close relations directly with the PIO and started communicating with him regularly through the App based communication.”His father had visited Pakistan in the year 2014 to meet his paternal uncle. He disclosed that he was cultivated by Kafaitullah to give sensitive/ secret information in lieu of monetary considerations. His bank account details are being verified for the same,” investigators said. “We have apprehensions that the espionage network had spread into the army and other security agencies,” Yadav said. According to sources name of at least one army official has cropped up during questioning.

Pakistan High Commission should be locked, says Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut asked the government if it was worth having cricketing and cultural ties with Pakistan under the prevailing circumstances.

Sanjay Raut
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The Shiv Sena on Monday demanded closing of the Pakistan High Commission in the national capital after it emerged that the members of the busted ISI spy-ring had links with them.”This is a very serious matter. Look how far they have penetrated. The people, who were arrested yesterday, have links with Pakistan High Commission. The Pakistan High Commission in Delhi should be locked and the key should be thrown away. It should be closed,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Raut asked the government if it was worth having cricketing and cultural ties with Pakistan under the prevailing circumstances.”The people having links with the ISI are sitting in the Pakistan High Commission here and they are using our people. Is it not a threat to the national security? Despite all this do we want cricketing and cultural ties with them? It is dangerous,” he added.The ISI spy-ring busted by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Sunday reportedly had links with the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi. Reports say that the racket was being run at the behest of senior officials of the Pakistan High Commission.The police arrested a handler of Pakistan’s Intelligence Operative (PIO) and one serving officer of the BSF (Border Security Force) on Sunday. One of the accused has been identified as Kafaitullah Khan alias Master Raja from Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri District. He is the handler of PIO and is allegedly having contacts in different security agencies.

BSF officer, Jammu and Kashmir librarian caught spying for Pakistan

According to Crime Branch officials, Khan is an handler of Pakistani Intelligence Operative or PIO, which is supported by the ISI.

In what could be called a major breach within the Indian security forces, a serving officer of the Border Security Force (BSF) was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on Sunday for allegedly providing official secrets to a civilian accused of working at the behest of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, ISI. The civilian was arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi police two days ago and has been identified as Kafaitullah Khan alias Master Raja, 44, a resident of Kalai village in Rajouri area of J&K.According to Crime Branch officials, Khan is an handler of Pakistani Intelligence Operative or PIO, which is supported by the ISI. Khan had been able to penetrate different security agencies of India at multiple levels and had been “procuring secret information detrimental to the security of the country”, said a senior official. However, a much bigger catch is Abdul Rasheed, a head constable in BSF posted in the Intelligence Wing of Border Security Force, Rajouri, J&K. According to police, Rasheed served as one of the main sources of Khan and has till now passed on information about deployment of security forces and Air Force operations within Indian territory. “Both of them have been arrested under the provisions of Official Secret Act,” said a senior police officer. According to the officer, the department received a secret input about the ongoing anti-national activities at the behest of Pakistan Intelligence Operative.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Crime Branch officials said they had to tread cautiously, as according to the input, the spy network was spread over the civilian handlers and the security forces personnel. “Looking into the gravity of the matter, the information was developed and a few involved were identified. On November 26, one of the handlers, Kafaitullah Khan, had boarded a train from Jammu for Bhopal. He was apprehended at the railway station and a few documents having implication on national security were recovered from him, said another senior official of Crime branch. According to police, Khan was supposed to attend the annual rally, also known as Ijtema, which is attended by more than 30 lakh Muslims. Khan was supposed to scout for information and possible recruits, police said. According to investigators, during questioning he disclosed that he had been working as library assistant at Higher Secondary School, Manjakote in Rajouri. In 2013, he had visited Pakistan where he came in contact with ISI agent and in lieu of monetary considerations, agreed to share secret information on Armed forces. “He cultivated his sources in Army and BSF and started passing on the information to PIO via e-mail, WhatsApp and Viber. He was given specific tasks by the PIO, mainly on deployment of security forces and Air Force operations, investigators told dna.According to police, Khan was in touch with Abdul Rasheed, who is also his relative, and lured him to part with sensitive information. “Khan was taken in police custody and a team was sent to Rajouri to arrest his accomplice. A search has been conducted on the premises of Khan and Rasheed, which led to recovery of important documents,” said Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner of police, Crime Branch. On Friday, Uttar Pradesh special task force (STF) claimed to have arrested an ISI agent from Meerut Cantt area with sensitive documents related to Indian Army. The accused was identified as Mohammand Eizaz alias Mohammad Kalam, a resident of Taramadi Chowk, Irfanabad, Islamabad. He was arrested by STF team from Meerut Cantt area when he was on his way to Delhi.

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