Honey-trapped by ISI, Hry man leaked army info

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

ROHTAK:A 23-year-old man al­legedly en­snared in a honey-trap was ar­rested in Rohtak on Mon­day for pass­ing on in­for­ma­tion to Pak­istan’s In­ter-ser­vice In­tel­li­gence (ISI) about In­dian Army camps he vis­ited for re­cruit­ment tests, po­lice said.

Gau­rav Ku­mar, a res­i­dent of Ganaur block in Sonepat district, was ar­rested on the ba­sis of the in­puts re­ceived by state and na­tional in­tel­li­gence agen­cies, said Rohtak su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice Pankaj Nain said. He has been booked un­der sev­eral sec­tions of the Of­fi­cial Se­crets Act, 1923, he said.

Nain said Ku­mar, who has been prepar­ing for ex­ams con­ducted by the army for the past sev­eral years, be­friended two women on Face­book around one­and-a-half years ago. The women had In­dian names, Sonu Kaur and Amita Ah­luwalia, but their lo­ca­tion traced to Pak­istan and they worked with ISI, he added.

The women started com­mu­ni­cat­ing with Ku­mar reg­u­larly af­ter he lied to them that he was work­ing with the army. They asked him to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about army camps, the po­lice of­fi­cer said. Then he started scout­ing army camps to take part in re­cruit­ment drives.

When­ever he went to a camp for a test, Ku­mar would share with the women pho­tos and videos of the camp through so­cial me­dia, in­clud­ing of se­cu­rity de­ploy­ment, Nain said.

“Till now the in­ter­ro­ga­tion has re­vealed that he has been part of 18 army re­cruit­ment drives. It has been es­tab­lished that he found out that the girls were ISI agents and they even asked him to work for them in re­turn for a large sum of money,” Nain said.

The of­fi­cer said Ku­mar was of­fered Rs 10 lakh to share such in­for­ma­tion and he even sent his bank ac­count de­tails to the women on Face­book. But he was ar­rested be­fore any money was trans­ferred.

“This modus operandi of ISI is in­creas­ing. ISI girls make fake ac­counts and hon­ey­trap In­dian youths to get se­cret in­for­ma­tion,” Nain added.

Ku­mar was pro­duced in a court, which sent him to a three­day po­lice re­mand.

Ear­lier this year, an IAF of­fi­cer was ar­rested by Delhi Po­lice al­legedly on charges of spy­ing and pass­ing se­cret de­fence-re­lated in­for­ma­tion to ISI.

KU­MAR WAS OF­FERED ₹10 LAKH TO SHARE IN­FOR­MA­TION AND HE EVEN SENT HIS BANK AC­COUNT DE­TAILS TO TWO WOMEN FRIENDS ON FACE­BOOK, SAY COPS

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Ac­cused Gau­rav Ku­mar in po­lice cus­tody in Rohtak on Mon­day.

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