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Jawans detained for spy links
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
Following the arrest of a suspected Pakistani spy from the vicinity of the Armoured Corps Training School and Centre in Ahmednagar yesterday, intelligence agencies today arrested his three accomplices from different places.

Highly placed sources in the intelligence said based on the interrogation of the arrested persons, several military personnel, who were named by them have been detained for questioning, it is learnt. Based upon recoveries, intelligence sources do not discount the possibility of their links with some Kashmir-based terrorist outfits.

A senior officer at Army Headquarters confirmed that soldiers named by the arrested persons had been identified and they were probing the possibility of links with the suspected spies. The soldiers are said to be posted in various places in Gujarat.

In a joint operation, the Military Intelligence (MI) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had arrested one Arif Lakhani yesterday. The officer said the initial tip about the espionage ring had come from the MI, which had been working on the case for the past about six months.

According to sources, he is married to a Pakistani woman. Arif possesses an Indian as well as a Pakistani passport. His brother is also said to be married to a Pakistani national. When Arif got married, several of his wives relatives had travelled to India from Pakistan

Arif as well as three others picked up are being interrogated jointly by intelligence officers from the MI, IB, Air Force and the Navy. Two of the accomplices have been identified as Om Powdi and Jagirdar, both locals.

Sources said apart from information pertaining to the Armoured Corps centre, Arif is also believed to have obtained information about IAF’s two sensitive communication bases in Nasik as well as pictures of the strategic naval establishment at Jamnagar.

“What is of significance is that detailed maps depicting the internal lay-out of some Army units have been recovered from them,” a source said. “These maps show locations of different establishments like the CO’s office, kote, etc, which can be used for mounting suicidal attacks,” he added.

Suicidal attacks, intelligence officers said, are the style of certain terrorist outfits operating in Kashmir like the Lashkar, which indicates the spy ring’s possible links with terrorist organisations.

Sources also do not discount the possibility of Arif and his accomplices being a part of a larger network and having associations with some earlier operatives arrested from Sirsa and Ferozepore recently.



Three Lashkar militants shot

Jammu, August 4
Three LeT militants and a jawan were killed and four other soldiers injured in a fierce gunbattle in Doda district today, sources said.

The deceased militants have been identified as Abu Zubair, Ashraf Ganai and Mubarak Ali. The jawan who lost his life is Subhash. — PTI




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