The arrest of Ranjith K K, a former air force personnel on charges of spying at the behest of the ISI, Pakistan is an extremely worrying development. While investigating agencies are assessing the nature of information that he could have leaked out to the ISI, there is one thing clear and he fell prey to the oldest spy trick known as the honey trap.
Ranjith K K a dismissed IAF official was arrested by the Delhi police from Bhatinda in Punjab on charges of spying.
The Delhi police say that he had fallen trap to a lady called Damini McNaught who pretended to be an executive of a media firm. She had sought out information from him on the pretext that she was writing an article on the IAF.
Rs 3,500 budget for Honey Traps:
It is a well known fact that the ISI runs its Honey Traps from Faridkot in Pakistan. The ISI has a desk in Faridkot exclusively to set Honey Traps on Indian officials.
It is the oldest spy game in the world and surprisingly it works even today. It may be recalled that a subedar from Hyderabad had been arrested in August 2014 after a lady by the name Anushka set a trap for him.
The ISI has an annual budget of Rs 3,500 crore. This entire amount is spent on running the Faridkot wing. While in some cases, women lure officers with their charm by posting fake photographs in many other cases there has been a financial transaction.
The amount spent on each Honey Trap would vary between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 25 lakh and this is dependant entirely on the nature of the information.
Once the trap is set, the women continue to extract information for as long as they can. However once they get their information they disappear from the radar.
It has been extremely difficult for Intelligence agencies to track such persons. Most of the times it is not a woman who sets the trap.
A man posing as a woman sets the trap most of the time. Moreover all the accounts that are created are operational only for a certain amount of time. Considering this racket is run by the ISI, it is extremely easy for them to wipe out all possible evidence that could lead up to a trail.