Punjab cops bust espionage racket, 1 arrested

Punjab cops bust espionage racket, 1 arrested

The Intelligence wing of the Punjab police on Friday busted an espionage racket active in the state with the arrest of one Ram Kumar from Jalandhar who was passing crucial military information to Pakistan. (Image for representation)

The Intelligence wing of the Punjab police on Friday busted an espionage racket active in the state with the arrest of one Ram Kumar from Jalandhar who was passing crucial military information to Pakistan. 

Acting on specific inputs, the state special operations cell of Intelligence arrested the espionage agent. During preliminary questioning, Ram Kumar revealed that he is working as an electrician with Military Engineering Service (MES) in Jalandhar cantonment since 2013. 
 
He was befriended on social media by a Pakistan based Intelligence operative. He was asked to provide information of Indian Army units located along Indo-Pak border and even movement of army convoys in the area. He was also asked to provide details of specific Army units.
 
The spy further confessed to have passed on sensitive military information to his Pakistani handler over social media platforms. Apart from providing information, he had provided mobile numbers of Indian Army officers to Pakistani Intelligence operatives. In lieu of providing information, he has been paid money on more than one occasion, the police said today.
 
Post the Pulwama terror strike, his Pakistan handlers had become particularly inquisitive about the movement of Army units in the area. Two mobile phones and four SIM cards have been recovered from the accused. The accused was produced in court on Friday and remanded to police custody. 
 
A case under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) besides other relevant sections has been registered. Further investigations are on to check the social media contacts of the accused, the police said.