New Delhi, Feb 10: One more espionage ring running illegal telephone exchanges to gather information for the ISI has been busted. This time it was the Madhya Pradesh Anti Terrorist Squad which bust a major ISI espionage ring comprising 11 persons. The incident comes close on the heels of the Uttar Pradesh ATS busting a similar network.
The MP ATS got wind of the network following the questioning of two alleged ISI agents, Satwinder and Dadu. The questioning led up to one Balram who was allegedly heading the network. He had appointed ten others to help him execute the job.
During the raid, the police unearthed an illegal telephone exchange being run under the guise of a call centre. There were Chinese equipments that were found at the exchange. The probe revealed that calls were being made to Army officials posted in Jammu and Kashmir. They would pose as senior officials and gather strategic information, ATS chief Sanjeev Sami informed.
The ATS also informed that the money would come to these persons through a hawala channel. The funds were in turn shared among all the members of the ring. The ATS says that they are still analysing the extent of information that has been leaked by these persons to the ISI.
The module is similar to the one busted in UP recently. However, there is no link between the two modules as each operated separately. Officers say that the ISI has set up similar networks in various states with an intention of gathering information so that the Pakistan army has a strategic advantage.