New Delhi, Dec 2: The ISI controlled spy ring in India has its base in Faridkot, Pakistan. In fact the ISI has a specific arm in Faridkot which controls the spy ring in India.
Investigations that have been conducted in various cases relating to spies in India have always had their origin in Faridkot. The ISI houses an exclusive wing in Faridkot, Pakistan specifically meant to train officers who will lay traps in India.
The strength of this wing is currently estimated to be at 800. While a majority of them are being trained to set traps in India, there are many who are sent to other countries as well. A document prepared by the Research and Analysis Wing in possession of Oneindia details the Faridkot programme.
The document states that money and seduction are the key to such operations. It also states that there are 20 dedicated officers who specialize in training the cadres. The document further states that the centre was moved to Faridkot only recently.
Earlier the ISI had set up this wing in Dhaka in Bangladesh and worked alongside the DGFI to set traps in India. However after the relations between India and Bangladesh improved considerably the centre was moved to Faridkot.
India's history with ISI traps:
A naval officer Sukhjindger Singh was accused of leaking information to a Russian woman in the year 2005. The case of Research and Analysis Wing officer Ravi Nair is also an interesting one. He was first recalled from Hong Kong for allegedly leaking information to a Chinese woman. He was then posted in Colombo where once again allegations of him leaking secrets to a woman cropped up.
Rabinder Singh alleged to be CIA agent was working with R&AW. It is alleged that he got and passed on very sensitive information. Once his lid was blown off, he managed to escape through the American agency who provided him a safe route through Nepal.
Unnikrishnan an officer with R&AW was rounded up after it was found that he was leaking information to an air hostess in Sri Lanka believed to be a spy for the LTTE.