Spiders and birds -- these were the two code words used by Paksitani spies while referring to the Indian Army and the Air Force. On Friday, the Intelligence Bureau in Rajasthan picked up information on two Pakistani spies which eventually led to their arrest. Two civilians -- Satram Maheshwari and his nephew Vinod were arrested and questioned.
Satram came to India along with his nephew in 2008. He is originally from Pakistan and upon arrival in India, he applied for citizenship and even got it.
He has been sharing information a regular basis with a major in the Inter-Services Intelligence. Post the Uri attack last year, Satram was tasked with sharing information regarding the war drills and also troop movement. He shared details regarding battalions, Indian Army columns and also tankers. He referred to the army as 'spider' while the air force he would call 'birds'.
Investigations have revealed that Satram was in touch with two persons -- Dawood and Rashid, who the police officials say were his handlers. He, along with his nephew, would gather information and pass to them which in turn would be shared with the ISI. Police officials say that Satram frequently received money through hawala transactions and the amount would depend on the kind of information he shared.