Honey-trapped on so­cial me­dia, jawan leaks se­cret Army info to ISI

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Jaipur: An Army jawan was ar­rested from Ra­jasthan’s Jaisalmer on Fri­day for shar­ing con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion with Pak­istani in­tel­li­gence agen­cies after be­ing honey trapped on so­cial me­dia.

Se­poy Som­bir, who is now in po­lice cus­tody, is be­ing quizzed by Ra­jasthan po­lice to de­ter­mine what strate­gic de­tails he di­vulged to the neigh­bour­ing coun­try, an of­fi­cer of the State Spe­cial Branch (SSB) said on Sun­day. Som­bir, a res­i­dent of Haryana, had joined the Army in 2016.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, a fake ac­count run by an ISI fe­male spy un­der the name Anika Cho­pra ap­proached Som­bir on so­cial me­dia seven months ago. She in­tro­duced her­self as an of­fi­cer with Army Med­i­cal Corps in Jammu and later sent him “in­ti­mate” mes­sage to lure him. She also asked the jawan to send con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion about the Army, in­clud­ing pic­tures of tanks, ar­moured ve­hi­cles, weapons, and lo­ca­tion of army com­pa­nies.

The po­lice sus­pect the so­cial me­dia ac­count orig­i­nated in Pak­istan’s Karachi. “Som­bir was shar­ing very in­ti­mate mes­sages with Anika,” an of- fi­cer said, adding that the ac­cused has con­fessed to shar­ing “cru­cial in­for­ma­tion with Anika’s ac­count.” He said that Som­bir’s mo­bile has been seized to in­ves­ti­gate “how much in­for­ma­tion was sent across the bor­der.”

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­di­cates that he was also be­ing paid for shar­ing strate­gic in­for­ma­tion. “We have clues that a few months ago, Som­bir was paid Rs 5,000 for spy­ing.”

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