In an important counter espionage operation, the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Friday apprehended a retired Military soldier, primarily based on enter supplied by Lucknow primarily based Army Intelligence (MI) Unit. In response to the data, Signalman Saurabh Sharma, an ex-serviceman, was working for a Pakistani intelligence company since 2016.
The UP ATS took virtually a month to trace down and arrest the suspect. UP ATS and the navy intelligence (MI) unit tracked down retired military soldier from his parental home, positioned within the Bihuni in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur district.
The navy intelligence had earlier obtained a tip in regards to the involvement of the retired military signalman in espionage actions. After receiving the tip, the “Operation Cross-Connection” was initiated to hint the retired military personnel and arrest Saurabh Sharma.
The ex-serviceman was allegedly working for Pakistani intelligence handlers primarily based in Karachi.
Sharma informed his interrogators that he obtained in contact with a Pakistani intelligence operative on Fb in 2014.
The operative, he stated, initially launched ‘herself’ as a defence journalist. Subsequently, by 2016, he had began sharing delicate navy info in return for cash, the sources stated.
Sharma shared all of the delicate info via textual content, audio and picture messages and likewise calls, totally on WhatsApp. He allegedly obtained a number of funds from his Pakistani handlers.
The previous serviceman was discharged from the Military in June 2020 on medical grounds. The sources stated that proof of his actions have been discovered on his cell phone too.
An FIR has been lodged on the Gomti Nagar police station in Lucknow towards Sharma below Sections 120-B and 123 of the IPC, Sections 3, 4, 5 and 9 of the Official Secrets and techniques Act, and Part 13 of the Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act.
The UP ATS is more likely to search his police custody from a neighborhood court docket for additional investigation.
The Lucknow MI Unit, UP ATS and central intelligence companies are collectively inspecting additional leads within the case, the sources added.