Se­cu­rity breach at ISRO, woman pos­ing as sci­en­tist ar­rested


A41-year-old woman cre­ated a scare af­ter she breached lay­ers of se­cu­rity to gain en­try into the head­quar­ters of the In­dian Space Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion in Ban­ga­lore us­ing a fake iden­tity be­fore be­ing ar­rested, ISRO sources said.

Pre­sent­ing the fake ID, Buela M. Sam from Ahmed­abad stayed at the ISRO Satel­lite Cen­tre guest-house at Jee­vanbheema Na­gar in Ban­ga­lore. for two days from Septem­ber 19. Two days later, she also gained en­try into the high-se­cu­rity An­thariksh Bha­van, the ISRO head­quar­ters, they said.

ISRO sources said she may not have swiped her card to en­ter as re­quried. In all prob­a­bil­ity, she may have just waved her card to the Cen­tral In­dus­trial Se­cu­rity Force (CISF) per­son­nel, who ap­par­ently al­lowed her in around 11 a.m. on Septem­ber 21.

She roamed around in the build­ing premises for four hours be­fore some ISRO staff grew sus­pi­cious and re­ported the mat­ter to the se­cu­rity, they said.

CISF per­son­nel ques­tioned her but her an­swers were to­tally in­con­sis­tent. In­tel­li­gence Bureau sleuths ques­tioned her the next day but could not get con­sis­tent re­sponse from her.

Her fake card said she worked at “ISRO Man­ga­lore”, while the space agency has no unit there.

In­quiries re­vealed that she is from Ahmed­abad, from where her hus­band, Alexan­der, was sum­moned and ques­tioned. Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, he claimed that his wife is “men­tally ill” and the fam­ily was un­aware that she had trav­elled to Ban­ga­lore, the sources said.

Key ques­tion as to how she gained en­try us­ing a fake card re­mains unan­swered. City Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Jy­otiprakash Mirji said she was ar­rested af­ter she at­tempted to en­ter the ISRO head­quar­ters on the pre­text of at­tend­ing a con­fer­ence.

CISF per­son­nel at the gate grew sus­pi­cious when the woman

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