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Punjab police bust cross-border espionage network

Press Reporter News Service

Amritsar, October 23

Within the relentless drive to interrupt the nexus of Pak ISI and perfidious armed forces personnel who provide delicate info with the nefarious design to compromise sovereignty, integrity and safety of the state, Punjab Police have busted a cross border espionage community.

In an intelligence led operation, State Particular Operation Cell Amritsar has arrested a serving Indian Military Jawan, Krunal Kumar Baria of Dhamnod, Panchamahalas, Gujarat. He’s presently serving with the Indian Military at Ferozepur Cantt. He has been in contact with varied Pak ISI brokers by way of social media apps. Making the most of his deployment within the IT Cell, he has been passing extremely delicate and categorized details about the Military to his Pak-based handlers. In lieu of the knowledge, he has been paid cash by the Pak companies.

Through the preliminary investigations, it has come to mild that accused got here in contact with a girl Pakistan Intelligence Officer (PIO) specifically Sidra Khan by way of Fb in 2020. After connecting by way of Fb and Messenger, they shifted to WhatsApp and different non-public messaging and calling apps. The accused was in contact with the PIO on her two Pak cell nos. and one Indian no.

It has been revealed that the accused was allured by the PIO by way of her treacherous tips to work for ISI because of which the accused shared many categorized paperwork along with her through encrypted apps. Throughout preliminary inspection of his cell phone, many categorized paperwork have been discovered.

On this connection a case FIR No. 20 dated 24.10.2021 u/s 3, 4, 5, 9 Official Secrets and techniques Act, 120-B IPC, PS SSOC Amritsar has been registered. Military authorities have been appraised in regards to the arrest. Investigations are being performed to evaluate the precise quantity of harm attributable to the accused. It’s also being ascertained if the accused was working alone or he has a group at his disposal. Accused has been formally arrested and can be produced within the courtroom for police remand sooner or later.

Through the previous additionally, Punjab Police has busted related espionage networks. On March 14, 2019, one Ram Kumar of New Dussehra colony, Nalwa street, Jalandhar, then posted at MES (Navy Engineer service) Jalandhar Cantt, was apprehended for sharing categorized info with Pak Intelligence companies. On this regards a case was registered at PS SSOC, Amritsar.

Once more, in January 2021, 04 Military personnel specifically Manpreet Singh from Gurdaspur, Amritpal Singh, Lovejot Singh and Raman Kumar, all from Gurdaspur district had been arrested who had been sharing categorized paperwork by way of pen drives. A case was registered on this regard.

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