Fake ID card used to en­ter ISRO


In a se­cu­rity breach re­cently, a 52-year-old man en­tered the sen­si­tive area of ISRO’s cryo­genic en­gine test­ing cen­tre at Ma­hen­dra­giri near here us­ing a fake iden­tity card and was ar­rested along with two oth­ers who fa­cil­i­tated his ingress. Po­lice said Jaya Singh, who is the fa­ther-in-law of the space agency’s con­tract em­ployee Kr­ish­naku­mar, had en­tered the area us­ing a fake ID card given by him and an ISRO con­trac­tor Di­raviyam be­fore he was picked up on sus­pi­cion by the Cen­tral In­dus­trial and Se­cu­rity Force (CISF) man­ning the cen­tre.

Singh gave con­tra­dic­tory replies when ques­tioned by the CISF who later handed him over to po­lice. Singh, an em­ployee of the Oman Government Trans­port Cor­po­ra­tion, claimed that he had come only to have a look at the cen­tre where the cryo­genic en­gine was tested but he also en­tered the liq­uid propul­sion test­ing area, both out of bounds for out­siders.

Kr­ish­naku­mar and Di­raviyam were ar­rested for giv­ing him the fake ID card to gain en­try into the cen­tre, po­lice said. All the three have been booked on charges in­clud­ing tres­pass, forgery and vi­o­la­tion of the Of­fi­cial Se­crets Act.

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