Oct 09, 2018 | 12:32 IST | Times Now Digital
DRDO BrahMos lab scientist Nishant Agarwal and BSF jawan Achyutanand Mishra, both arrested for alleged spying on behalf of Pakistan’s ISI, were handled by the same agent- the UP ATS has said.
New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh ATS, in its report to the Ministry of Home Affairs, has said that the scientist Nishant Agarwal arrested from a Nagpur DRDO lab, could have the same handler as that of the BSF man Achyutanand Mishra, who was allegedly honey-trapped by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Sources told Times Now news channel, that the modus operandi in the two cases is similar. The revelations, which have been submitted to the Union Home Ministry also strengthen the ATS’ claims that a Pakistan spy-ring is at work in engaging Indian security officials in extracting sensitive data about India’s defence establishments and plans.
Meanwhile, the Nagpur sessions court on Tuesday granted three days transit remand of Agarwal to Uttar Pradesh ATS. He was produced at the sessions court on Tuesday morning. Mishra, a BSF jawan posted in Delhi-NCR was apprehended by UP ATS in September, for allegedly passing on sensitive information to his Pakistani handler, who posed as a woman defence reporter on Facebook. He had reportedly shared details of his unit’s location, photographs of the training facility and other such classified information.
Agarwal, on the other hand, was arrested from the BrahMos facility in DRDO Nagpur. A junior engineer, the police had stumbled upon the case when investigations were underway for the BSF jawan’s activities. He had allegedly shared information with two fake IDs — believed to be handlers — over chat “In the on-going investigation of the arrested BSF constable, two fake IDs in the name of women being operated from Pakistan were spotted. It was discovered that engineer Nishant Agarwal who worked at a defence institution (DRDO’s BrahMos production facility) in Nagpur had chat histories with the two fake IDs,” UP Police said in an official statement released Monday