Man arrested for passing 'sensitive info' to Pakistan

A man has been arrested from Kalindi Kunj area of south east Delhi on suspicion of passing on sensitive information to a Pakistani intelligence agency. Delhi Police are, however, yet to unearth the entire conspiracy.

Zubair Khan, 37, who hails from UP’s Badaun district, was arrested by the crime branch after a tip-off on Tuesday. Classified documents and photographs pertaining to the Indian Army and some Indian intelligence agencies have allegedly been recovered from him.

“We had a specific tip-off that he was passing on sensitive information to a neighbouring country. He has been sent to two days’ remand after being arrested under the Official Secrets Act,” said Sanjay Kumar Jain, deputy commissioner of police (crime and railways).

Sources said Zubair, who was working at a local property dealer’s shop, was also tasked to gather background information about journalists who wanted to be posted in Pakistan as well diplomats and scribes already posted there.

Zubair’s handlers would either meet him or seek information from him over the phone. When he was arrested, several classified documents of the Indian Army as well as some intelligence agencies were recovered from him, police said.

He was remanded to two-day police custody after being produced in the court of additional chief metropolitan magistrate Manish Yaduvanshi on Wednesday.

“As per the disclosure statement of the accused, custodial interrogation of the accused is required not only to apprehend the co-conspirators, but also to interrogate him in detail to unearth the whole conspiracy pursuant to which the accused was stated to have been found in possession of documents which are secret documents pertaining to the Indian army,” Yaduvanshi said.

Meanwhile, Kalindi Kunj residents protested outside Jamia Nagar police station against the arrest on Wednesday. “Delhi Police again raided Shaheen Bagh without informing local police and picked up a youth. If they have any proof against any activity, they must show it to us. We blocked the Sarita Vihar Road to protest against police apathy,” a local resident said.

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