The Anti-Terrorist Squad has arrested an employee of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for allegedly providing information to the ISI.
The Nashik unit of Maharashtra ATS arrested the employee for supplying secret information about the Indian fighter aircraft and their manufacturing unit to the Inter-Service Intelligence, Pakistan.
Pakistan High Commission officials identified as Abid Hussain and Muhammad Tahir had set up a network to gather as much information as possible about the movement of the Indian Army. Both were arrested and then declared persona non grata on charges of espionage.
“The Nashik unit of the state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) received reliable intelligence about the man, who was in constant touch with ISI. The man, identified as Deepak Shirsath, was supplying confidential information about Indian fighter aircraft and their manufacturing unit to the Pakistani spy agency through WhatsApp and social media,” DCP Vinay Rathod said.
The information pertained to sensitive details about Hal and its aircraft manufacturing unit at Ozar in Nashik. He also supplied information about the airbase and prohibited areas inside the manufacturing unit to the Pakistani agency, the official said.
The ATS has registered an offense under Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Official Secrets Act, 1923. The sleuths have seized three mobile handsets with five SIM cards and two memory cards from the accused person. The recovered items have been sent for forensic examination to a laboratory.
The operation to nab the accused was led by Deven Bharti, Additional Director General of Police, ATS; DIG Jayant Naiknavre; SP Ravindrasingh Pardeshi; DCP Vinaykumar Rathod and others.
The accused was produced before a court on Friday and was sent to 10 days’ police custody.