Jaipur, Aug 19: A Pakistan spy, Nandlal Maharaj was arrested in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan in a joint operation carried out by the Intelligence Bureau and police. The spy on being arrested admitted to the police that he had smuggled in at least 35 kilograms of RDX into India. The police recovered a diary, two mobile phones, a satellite phone and several sim cards from him.
His diary details reveal that he was in touch with people in Pakistan from whom he is said to have taken orders. The probe has also led to the police seizing maps from him. The police are currently questioning him to find out where he had dropped the huge quantity of the RDX that he had smuggled in.
ADG Intelligence, U R Sahoo informed that they are probing to find out who his local contacts are. Sahoo also said that his local connections may have helped him cross over into India.
Maharaj who is a resident of Pakistan was picked up by the ISI to spy on India. He was also told to transport a huge quantity of RDX which was meant to be used in a lethal operation, sources say. Further the ISI decided to send in Maharaj as the eye of suspicion would be less on him due to his Hindu name.
Sources also say that Maharaj was not alone in this operation. There were at least 8 others who were helping him out, but it is not clear whether they were Pakistani nationals or locals. The 8 men fled from the scene at the time Maharaj was arrested.
Maharaj is said to have slipped into India six months back. Back in Pakistan he was working in a textile showroom. Although his financial background was quite sound, his questioning indicated that he took up spying as the ISI had promised him a huge sum of money. While in India he constantly kept in touch with his handlers in Pakistan, investigations so far have shown.