Secret papers given to ISI may harm India: Delhi Police

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Secret documents supplied to Pakistan’s spy agency ISI by five Indians, including a BSF constable, can be used to counter Indian forces, a charge sheet filed by Delhi Police has said.

The police last week filed the charge sheet before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass accusing the five – BSF Head Constable Abdul Rasheed and retired army Havildar Munawwar Ahmad Mir of supplying secret documents to operatives of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

According to informed sources, police alleged that Rasheed, Mir, schoolteacher Sabar, then soldier Fareed Ahmed and library assistant Kafaitullah Khan alias Master Raja, in connivance with another suspect, supplied the secret documents to Faisal, a Pakistan-based intelligence operative.

Faisal, who is on the run, persuaded Khan to gather sensitive information about the movements and other operations of the Indian Army to a Pakistan-based handler, the police said.

Khan collected the documents from Rasheed, Mir and Ahmad and paid them handsome money. Saber helped Khan to establish contact with Mir, said the police.

The chargesheet said the secret documents contained crucial information about the army, including their deployment in various places.

It added that confidential documents can directly and indirectly be useful to an enemy country and were likely to affect India’s sovereignty, integrity and security.

“The documents can be used by the enemy to counter the moves of Indian forces,” the chargesheet said.

Police have stated that the accused used Whatsapp, Viber and other technology to pass on the secret information and documents to one other.

A joint operation by Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir Police led to the arrest of the five accused in November and December.

Kafaitullah Khan, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, was arrested from New Delhi railway station on November 26. Rasheed was held in Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to police, Kafaitullah’s interrogation led to the arrest of Rasheed. Followed their arrest, police picked up Mir and Saber from Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir and Ahmed from West Bengal.

Mir took retirement in 2011 after serving with a Rashtriya Rifles (Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry) battalion, police said.

All the accused are in judicial custody and lodged in Tihar Jail.

The court, which was scheduled to take cognizance of the charge sheet on Friday, adjourned the case for March 17 for consideration of the investigation report.

The accused have been charged under various sections of the Official Secrets Act.

Police recovered documents, compact discs and details of bank accounts of the accused.

Police also cited conversations, contents of Whatsapp messages and call detail records of the accused persons. Police cited 23 witnesses to back its case.

(Amiya Kumar Kushwaha can be contacted at amiya.k@ians.in)

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