ISI agent arrested for spying

A 39-year-old man believed to be Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agent was arrested in the national capital for spying and collecting ‘incriminating defence documents’, police said on Tuesday.

Kamran Akbar alias Attar alias Asif Hossain, who hails from Karachi in Pakistan, came to Kolkata in 1992. “He was caught on February 13 night from Chemsford Road near the New Delhi Railway station to procure sensitive documents relating to defence,” said deputy commissioner of police (crime) Ashok Chand.

Akbar, during interrogation, confessed being a resident of Karachi in Pakistan. “He left his studies in 1990 and took up petty jobs. In 1992, on a valid Pakistani passport, he came to Kolkata to visit his relatives. He came via rail through Attari border and stayed with his uncle Mohammad Salim at Amartalla Lane in Kolkata,” said Chand.

Akbar along with Salim and the latter’s associate Asraf Khan went to Goa where Salim worked as a guide and was well acquainted with the topography of the city. Being short of funds, they committed robberies in two house and during the commission of the second house robbery, they were arrested. He was released from jail in 1996. “After he was released, he went to the house of his relative at Ibrahim Road in Kolkata. There he got an Indian passport in name of Asif Hossain. On the basis of the passport, he procured one month visa for going to Pakistan and in July, 1997, he returned to Pakistan through rail via Attari border,” said Chand.

In Pakistan, the ISI got to know about the fact that he had stayed in India and had acquired an Indian passport. “He was recruited by them in October, 2004 and was motivated to work for them,” said Chand.

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