Pakistan spy racket: Visa agent from Jodhpur nabbed; third Indian to be arrested in the case

After getting a tip-off, police had on Wednesday nabbed Pakistan HC official Mehmood Akhtar who was a Pakistani spy along with two Indians for aiding him.

FP Staff October 28, 2016 13:38:36 IST
Pakistan spy racket: Visa agent from Jodhpur nabbed; third Indian to be arrested in the case

Police has arrested a Jodhpur-based passport and visa agent, Shoaib, allegedly involved in the espionage ring run by a Pakistani High Commission official. Shoaib was detained near Jodhpur on Thursday evening and after being brought to New Delhi, he was arrested, a senior police officer said on Friday.

After getting a tip-off, police had on Wednesday nabbed Pakistan High Commission official Mehmood Akhtar along with two Indians identified as Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir at Delhi Zoo while the visa agent Shoaib had managed to escape.

Pakistan spy racket Visa agent from Jodhpur nabbed third Indian to be arrested in the case

Representational image. AFP

Mehmood Akhtar, who worked in the visa section of the High Commission and had diplomatic immunity, was procuring critical details including those about deployment of BSF personnel along the Indo-Pak border from accomplices in India, three of whom have been arrested so far.

Described as the kingpin of the spy ring, 35-year-old Akhtar belongs to the Baloch regiment of Pakistani Army and was on deputation to spy agency ISI since 2013, investigators said, adding they also probing possible involvement of more people from the Pakistani mission.

Akhtar and two Indians, Subhash Jangir and Maulana Ramzan were picked up from Delhi Zoo on Thursday at around 10 am, while Shoaib was nabbed from Jodhpur, Rajasthan later in the evening.

Akhtar was released after around three hours of interrogation as he enjoys diplomatic immunity. India asked Akhtar to leave the country within 48 hours.

Subhash Jangir and Maulana Ramzan have been sent to a 12-day police custody and the Police hassaid they are seeking Shoib's custody as well.

It was found that Shoaib was responsible for recruiting Subhash and Maulana in the module. Shoaib had come in contact with Maulana around one-and-a-half years back and lured him into activities of collecting vital information about the installations of army and paramilitary forces in Gujarat and Rajasthan, the officer said. The police will seek his custody, the Joint CP of Delhi Police Ravinder Yadav said.

"We had sent a request to Jodhpur Police about detaining Shoaib and yesterday (Wednesday) evening he was detained," said the officer. In a press conference in Friday, the Delhi Police revealed that Shoaib had links in the Pakistani High Commission and he had visited Pakistan at least six times. The police said that Shoaib's maternal grandparents and his mother's family lives in Pakistan, so he had been visiting Pakistan often and has multiple contact points there.

The police also said that Shoaib was found in possession of some sensitive documents and a phablet, which he later tried to destroy. He has been operating smoothly in India since last 3-4 years, before he was nabbed on Thursday. The police believe that Shoaib's questioning is likely to reveal information about other spies in the racket and uncover some more Pakistani links.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date:

also read

West Indies women to tour Pakistan for ODIs as PCB hopes to rekindle international cricket at home
First Cricket News

West Indies women to tour Pakistan for ODIs as PCB hopes to rekindle international cricket at home

The three ODIs will be played on 8, 11 and 14 November before the two sides travel to Zimbabwe for the World Cup qualifiers that begin on 21 November.

T20 World Cup 2021: Pakistan can be kings again despite India's IPL riches, says Mudassar Nazar
First Cricket News

T20 World Cup 2021: Pakistan can be kings again despite India's IPL riches, says Mudassar Nazar

"The BCCI have been very clever in how they used the IPL money. Indian cricket was powerful before that but since then it has seen a lot of consistency," said Nazar.

It’s been 75 years since Pakistan pushed raiders into Kashmir; its opportunistic, jihadi nature remains same
World

It’s been 75 years since Pakistan pushed raiders into Kashmir; its opportunistic, jihadi nature remains same

On 22 October 1947, Pakistan raiders equipped, trained and backed by their army entered Kashmir to loot and plunder, to kill and rape