Espionage Case: Retired Army Personnel Arrested From Jammu & Kashmir

4 December 2015

New Delhi: A retired Indian Army personnel was today arrested from Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the espionage racket allegedly backed by ISI, police said. The army personnel has been identified as Munawwar Ahmad Mir, who had retired as a hawaldar, said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav. Mir had joined the Army in 1995 and retired in 2011 after serving in units, including Jammu and Kashmir Infantry and Rashtriya Rifles, in various parts of the country, said Yadav. He was arrested by a 14-member team of the Inter-State Cell of Delhi Police's Crime Branch sent to Rajouri on Wednesday. He was booked under provisions of the Officials Secrets Act, said a senior police official. He was produced before a court and shall be brought to Delhi on transit remand by tomorrow, the official said. Meanwhile, the police team is looking for a serving Army personnel and a civilian whose names had emerged during the interrogation of the suspected ISI operative Kafaitullah Khan, who headed an alleged espionage racket here, and his source, a serving BSF personnel, identified as Abdul Rasheed. Also, an eight-member Crime Branch team sent to West Bengal's Siliguri on the same day is searching for another serving army personnel who had allegedly spied for the racket, said an official. However, the police haven't yet been able to trace the 'source' in the office of the Pakistan High Commission here who was to meet Khan and facilitate the the procurement of a Visa, on which Khan was to travel to Pakistan and avail training and more resources from ISI operatives there in connection with the espionage racket. Khan was a Pakistan Intelligence Operative (PIO) running a spy racket allegedly backed by the ISI, said police. He roped in his relative Rasheed and others into the racket and allegedly used to procure secret and confidential documents from them, said police. While Rasheed was intercepted by a police in New Delhi Railway Station on November 26 while he was on his way to Bhopal to attend a religious congregation and allegedly scout for recruits, Rasheed was arrested following a raid at Rajouri district on Sunday.