In an vital counter espionage operation, the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Friday apprehended a retired Military soldier, primarily based on enter offered by Lucknow primarily based Navy Intelligence (MI) Unit. In accordance with the knowledge, Signalman Saurabh Sharma, an ex-serviceman, was working for a Pakistani intelligence company since 2016.
The UP ATS took nearly a month to trace down and arrest the suspect. UP ATS and the army intelligence (MI) unit tracked down retired military soldier from his parental home, situated within the Bihuni in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur district.
The army 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 instructed his interrogators that he received 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 army info in return for cash, the sources stated.
Sharma shared all of the delicate info via textual content, audio and picture messages and in addition 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 in opposition to Sharma below Sections 120-B and 123 of the IPC, Sections three, four, 5 and 9 of the Official Secrets and techniques Act, and Part 13 of the Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act.
The UP ATS is prone to search his police custody from a neighborhood courtroom for additional investigation.
The Lucknow MI Unit, UP ATS and central intelligence companies are collectively analyzing additional leads within the case, the sources added.