Sunday, 11 January, 2009

Suspected ISI spy arrested in Meerut

Jan 11, 2009
Lucknow The Uttar Pradesh STF on Saturday arrested a youth allegedly spying for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The spy, Amir Ahmed alias Bhura, caught from the Company Bagh area of Meerut district, was given the task of collecting information from various Army establishments at Meerut, Agra, Dehradun, Roorkee, Ambala and Chandigarh.

The police have recovered handmade maps of Dehradun and Meerut cantonments, documents containing details of weapons and the cellphone, which he was using to contact ISI officers.

Additional SP STF, Rahul Raj, who led the operation, said Amir (24) a native of Saharanpur district, had been in constant touch with Karachi-based ISI officer Farookh alias Tayyab since 2007.

The youth had last visited Karachi in 2008 and undergone extensive training in collecting intelligence about the Indian Army. Amir was on the ISI payroll, Rahul Raj said.

The ASP also said that Amir had first visited Pakistan after he got a passport from the Bareilly Passport Office in 1998. He had mentioned his name as Bhura Ahmed in the passport in which he has given his genuine address.

The passport was yet to be recovered by the police. He has been to Pakistan five times since, on the pretext of visiting his sister in Karachi. He had come in contact of an ISI agent Wasim in 2007 who had introduced him to Tayyab, said the ASP.

“Amir has confessed that the ISI officials had asked him to mingle with the Indian Army officers and ‘oblige’ them with all ‘facilities’ they needed. The Army intelligence officials have been informed and they too would be probing the matter. He was being provided with hefty sums by ISI, through hawala for the purpose,” said Raj.

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