Munawwar Ahmad Mir, a retired Indian army havaldar and 1999 Kargil war veteran, was arrested in a cross-border espionage racket for supplying critical information to Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).
Mir had joined the Indian Army in 1995 and retired in 2001. He was also a member of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which is running the government with BJP in the state.
Crime Branch of Delhi with the help of local police arrested him before producing him in the local court. He is supposed to be brought to Delhi today.
“He has been booked under 3/9 Official Secrets Act,” said the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav to Indian Express.
Suspected ISI agent arrested in Rajouri (J&K), taken for medical checks. pic.twitter.com/itiPCGGHfU
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Choudhary Qamar Hussain, PDP MLA said that Mir hails from his native village and the lawmaker believes that he is innocent.
“Many relatives of his were in the Army and it’s unexpected that someone from this background will do such a thing,” said the lawmaker.
Police are looking for two serving Army men and a civilian whose names cropped up during Khan’s interrogation. They are Farid, posted at Darjeeling, Joginder, posted in Jammu, and Shabir alias Safar, teacher at a state-run school.
Khan revealed during the interrogation that he met “ISI handler” Faisal when he visited Pakistan in 2013 and has been working for him since.
Last month, Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force arrested Pakistani national Mohammad Eizaz (alias Mohammad Kalam) for allegedly sending vital information about the Indian Army to Pakistani intelligence agency ISI. He was staying in Bareilly district since December, 2014.
A resident of Islamabad, Pakistan, Eizaz was arrested from Meerut Cantt area while on his way to Delhi.
Police claimed to have recovered several documents related to the Indian Army, cellphone, laptop, pen drives, a fake voter identity card from West Bengal, a fake Aadhaar card with a Bareilly address, a photocopy of Nadar Card (Pakistani identity card) and other items from him.
An FIR against Eizaz has been registered at Sadar Bazar police station in Meerut.
The Special Task Force (STF) of the Kolkata Police had also arrested a person on suspicion of carrying on espionage at the behest of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) on December 2.
Accused Sheikh Badal (59) is a resident of Karaya police station area in the city and was arrested near the Regional Passport Office at Brabourne Road in Kolkata.
Police reported that the accused has been charged with criminal conspiracy, waging war against the State and possessing fake Indian currency notes.