The Intelligence Wing of Punjab Police has busted an espionage racket active in the state with the arrest of Ram Kumar, a resident of Fazilka district, from Jalandhar. Acting on specific inputs provided by reliable sources and sister agencies, the State Special Operations Cell of Intelligence arrested the Pakistan spy, a spokesperson of the Punjab Police said on Friday.
During preliminary questioning, Ram Kumar revealed that he had been working as an electrician with MES in Jalandhar Cantonment since 2013.
He was reportedly befriended on social media by a Pakistan based intelligence operative.
Kumar told the police that he was asked to provide information of Indian Army units located along the India-Pakistan border and even movement of Army convoys in the area. He was also asked to provide details of specific Army units.
The spokesperson added that Ram Kumar had confessed to having passed sensitive military information to his Pakistani handler over social media platforms.
Apart from providing information, he had provided mobile numbers of military officers to Pakistani intelligence operatives. In lieu of this, he had been paid money on more than one occasion, said the police.
Giving further details, the spokesperson said Kumar’s handlers had become particularly inquisitive about the movement of Army units after the Pulwama terror attack. Besides this, two mobile phones and four SIM cards have been recovered from his possession. The accused was produced in court on Friday. The police sought his remand to unearth the complete espionage racket active in the state, said the police.
The FIR against the Pakistan spy has been registered under Sections 3, 4, 5, 9 of the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and 120-B of the IPC at the SSOC police station in Amritsar. Further investigations are on to check his social media contacts.