‘IAF of­fi­cial’ calls BSF man for strate­gic info

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Htrajasthan - Mukesh Mathrani htraj@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A Border Se­cu­rity Force (BSF) of­fi­cial in Barmer re­ceived three phone calls from a man, who in­tro­duced him­self as a squadron leader of In­dia Air Force and asked for strate­gic sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion about op­er­a­tional pre­pared­ness.

The BSF of­fi­cial, how­ever, snubbed the caller for seek­ing sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion over the phone. The BSF also alerted the lo­cal IAF au­thor­i­ties, and the po­lice. Lo­cal of­fi­cials sus­pect that it were ‘spoof calls’, which usu­ally take place through in­ter­net.

As per the BSF, of the three calls he re­ceived on Oc­to­ber 9, two showed orig­i­nat­ing from Andhra Pradesh and one from Delhi. In all the calls, a man, who in­tro­duced him­self as Squadron Leader Ab­hishek and claimed that the BSG and IAF are plan­ning a joint ex­er­cise for which he needs some in­for­ma­tion.

The BSF of­fi­cial re­fused to share the in­for­ma­tion and in­stead asked the caller to send the lo­cal of­fi­cer to BSF of­fice with au­tho­rized let­ter. At this the caller dis­con­nected the call.

“We have shared the mat­ter with the lo­cal IAF au­thor­i­ties, po­lice and district ad­min­is­tra­tion. We are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter,” said lo­cal BSF of­fice.

Su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, Barmer, Ga­gan­deep Singla, con­firmed that on Wed­nes­day BSF of­fi­cials met him and given him in writ­ing a com­plaint against the spoof­ing calls. SP said that they con­tacted the IAF head­quar­ters in Delhi and in­quired about the num­ber from which BSF of­fi­cial had got the call.

The Delhi IAF of­fi­cials said that no call was pos­si­ble from that num­ber. Ac­cord­ing to Singla, in the past too Pak­istan-based in­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tives had many made such calls to the var­i­ous de­part­ments and tried to track the strate­gic sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion. “Con­sid­er­ing the past his­tory we are not rul­ing out the pos­si­bil­i­ties of a Pak­istan con­nec­tion in this mat­ter. De­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion would re­veal more facts,” the SP said.


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