Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - NATION HTNATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dents

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: A BSF con­sta ble and his cousin were ar­rested in J&K on charges of spy­ing for the ISI while three sus­pected agents of the Pak­istani in­tel­li­gence agency were caught in Kolkata au­thor­i­ties an­nounced on Sun­day blow­ing the lid off lurk­ing threats to In­dia’s na­tional se­cu­rity and of­fi­cial se­crets.

Act­ing on a tip, Delhi Po­lice ar­rested head con­sta­ble Ab­dul Rasheed who was posted with the BSF’S in­tel­li­gence unit in Ra­jouri and Kafait­ul­lah Khan alias Mas­ter Raja, a li­brary as­sist ant at a se­nior sec­ondary school

Joint com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime) Ravin­dra Ya­dav said the two men were caught af­ter offi cials “re­ceived a tip-off about anti na­tional ac­tiv­i­ties spon­sored by the Pak­istan ISI” through some of their “civil­ian han­dlers and some se­cu­rity force per­son­nel”.

New Delhi has for years ac­cused the In­ter-ser­vices In­tel­li­gence (ISI) and Pak­istani army of spon­sor ing ter­ror­ism in In­dia and snoop ing on con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion charges that Is­lam­abad de­nies.

Ya­dav said the two ac­cused had col­lected “sen­si­tive in­forma tion” re­lated to the de­ploy­ment of armed forces and air force opera tions in Jammu and Kash­mir Kafait­ul­lah vis­ited Pak­istan in 2014 where he came in touch with ISI agents who lured him with money to de­liver in­forma tion, the of­fi­cer said.

“Kafait­ul­lah was ar­rested from New Delhi rail­way sta­tion on Novem­ber 26. Based on his in­ter­ro­ga­tion, Ab­dul was ar­rested from J&K on Sun­day,” said Ya­dav “We re­cov­ered sev­eral doc­u­ments linked to na­tional se­cu­rity from Kafait­ul­lah. We have ar­rested them un­der the Of­fi­cial Se­crets Act.” BSF IG (head­quar­ters) Aditya Mishra said they re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from Delhi Po­lice three days ago about one of their men be­ing a sus­pect in the case.

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