Amritsar man arrested over charges of spying for Pakistan

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Had been honey-trapped by Pakistan’s notorious ISI agency

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The Hush Post, Amritsar: A man has been arrested over the charges of spying for Pakistan’s notorious intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The man was arrested on Thursday in a joint operation of the Indian intelligence agencies and the local police.

The arrested man has been identified as Ravi Kumar. He had been recruited by the ISI about seven months back via social networking site Facebook.

The State Special Operations Cell (SSOC) conducted a joint operation with military intelligence, Zee News reported on Friday.

The authorities have booked accused Ravi Kumar under Official Secrets Act and some sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

He was arrested following a secret information about his being involved in the spying activities. Following this information, a team of SSOC nabbed Ravi Kumar from the Chatiwind police station area in Amritsar district, the police said in a statement.

Ravi Kumar had reportedly shared vital information related to the movement of “Army units, construction of new bunkers on the Indian side of the border, photographs of Army vehicles and their formation signs, exercises and trainings and activity/construction,” a police statement said.

The police and intelligence authorities have seized photographs of important installations, hand-drawn maps of prohibited areas, photocopies of restricted training manuals of the Army and information regarding Army attack formations from him, the Punjab Police said in a release.

The ISI handlers of Ravi Kumar had sponsored his visit to Dubai from February 20 to 24 this year where he was briefed regarding tasks, the police said.

It has been revealed that Ravi Kumar was in constant touch with the ISI officers through mobile phones and Internet and was provided funds routed through Dubai.

The police release said: “It has also come to light that Pakistan-based agencies operate a large number of fake Facebook accounts in the name of young girls who actively try to befriend with unemployed young people and retired/serving officials in the armed force and subsequently try to allure them into espionage activities.”

“Investigations are being conducted to identify and track such fake accounts. Defence establishments are also being appraised regarding this new threat for necessary action at their end,” the statement read.

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