'Mirza was not on sensitive project'

A day after a junior engineer from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and ten others were arrested in Karnataka on terror charges, the defence research agency claimed that the accused Ijaz Ahmed Mirza was not involved in any sensitive work and no classified information had been compromised.

“Verification of his antecedents as well as police verification was conducted in respect of Mirza in the process of his placement on the temporary position of Junior Research Fellow. Disciplinary action as per government of India rules is being taken,” a DRDO spokesperson said here.

Worked in laboratory

For the past few months, Mirza worked at Centre for Air Borne Systems (CABS), one of the laboratories under DRDO. The centre is currently developing an indigenous air borne early-warning and control system (AWACS) and received the first fully modified aircraft from Brazilian company Embraer on August 23, which will be fitted with the Indian AWACS system.

“Under the research fellowship scheme DRDO offers opportunities to young scientists and engineers for working at DRDO labs in the areas of basic research relevant to the laboratory. Their antecedents are verified and police verification is conducted in the process of recruiting them as research fellows,” he said.

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