New Delhi, Nov 30: Pakistan's ISI appears to be in full swing and there have been six arrests in two weeks including a BSF personnel for alleged espionage activities.
All the five persons arrested have been accused of passing on information to the ISI. It has been found that the five persons arrested were trading secret information for money which included soldier movement details too.
The six arrests are not inter-linked, but form part of the ISI plan to hit India. A BSF personnel and another person were arrested by the Delhi police yesterday.
A week back one person was arrested in Meerut while three others were picked up from Kolkata. Intelligence Bureau (IB) officials say that such acts by the ISI are nothing new, but there has been enhanced activity of late on part of the Pakistan spy agency, the official also adds.
BSF personnel arrested:
A serving BSF personnel and another operative were arrested by the Delhi police for their alleged involvement in an espionage racket from the railway station at Jammu, police said on Sunday.
The accused duo have been identified as Kafaitullah Khan alias Master Raja (44), a resident of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir, and BSF head constable Abdul Rasheed, posted at the intelligence wing of Border Security Force in the same district.
"Khan is a handler of Pakistan Intelligence Operative (PIO) and Rasheed was one of his chief sources. The espionage racket run by them is supported by Pakistan's ISI.
The Meerut operation:
Suspected ISI agent Mohammand Eizaz was arrested by the police at Meerut. It was found that he was tasked with gathering sensitive information. He was told by his handlers to provide photographs of sensitive locations.
The police suspect that he was passing on information for money. The police also say that it is possible that the information passed on by Eizaz would be used by the ISI to launch terror strikes.
In another operation three persons Irshad Ansari (51), his son Asfaq Ansari (23) and relative Mohammed Jahangir were arrested from the Dr Sudhir Bose Road in the Iqbalpur police station area in the southern part of Kolkata.
Besides several documents revealing their links to the ISI, the STF also recovered Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) of a face value Rs two lakh from Irshad and Rs 1.5 lakh from his son Asfaq and Jahangir respectively, the police said.
The police say that all the other incidents involving the ISI agents may not be interlinked but the motive remains the same.
The IB says that the ISI tasks persons such as these from across the country to pass on sensitive information so that the same could be used to launch terror strikes.