ISI agent nabbed in Bhopal

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Bhopal, Jan 20 (UNI) A 34-year-old Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agent, who sent secret information pertaining to the Indian Army and the country to Pakistan and other nations, has been arrested here and two associates apprehended in Madhya Pradesh's Sagar divisional headquarters.

Imran Qureshi, who hails from Karachi, was in India for the past four years, lived at Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangaluru and Lucknow and sent information to Pakistan over telephone and e-mail. He was here for the past three to four months and gathered information with assistance from some Army personnel.

''Following information, police yesterday raided the Kali Dhoban lane here. Iqbal and Akhtar were nabbed at Sagar. Qureshi came in contact with ISI around 1995,'' Inspector-General (Special Task Force) Sanjeev Kumar Singh told mediapersons here today.

Iqbal aided Qureshi in preparing a Permanent Account Number (PAN) card, ration card and other documents for having a passport made.

Qureshi came to Delhi from Karachi in 2003, then went to Kolkata and Dhaka where he got married. He was being financed from Dubai.

At Sagar, which is the headquarters of the Mahar Regiment and has a huge cantonment, Superintendent of Police Harisingh Yadav said the two youths arrested yesterday by the STF and police were being interrogated. After news spread of autodriver Akhtar being picked up near Bhagyodaya Teerth, members of a certain community gathered, began raising slogans and reached to gherao Motinagar Police Station. Mr Yadav and other officers made the situation clear and the people dispersed.

Police searches took place in some areas of Sagar. On the occasion of Moharram, the police were already alert and heavy night patrolling took place. Official sources said indications were received earlier of anti-India elements being present in Sagar.

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