Man held for spying at Bathinda Cantt

Honey-trapped by Pak operative, shared Army info: Police

Man held for spying at Bathinda Cantt

The counter-intelligence wing of the police arrested a man allegedly involved in espionage near the Army Cantonment area late last night. - File photo

Bathinda, September 18

The counter-intelligence wing of the police arrested a man allegedly involved in espionage near the Army Cantonment area late last night.

Gurbinder Singh was nabbed by a police team outside the boundary wall of the Cantonment area. As per information, the suspect was employed as a peon in the Cantonment and residing in the Bibi Wala colony area. The suspect was allegedly honey-trapped by a Pakistan-based ISI operative, who befriended him on a social networking site over a month ago, said sources.

The police have booked Gurbinder, a native of Haryana, under Sections 124 A (Sedition) of the IPC and 3, 4, 5 and of Official Secret Act 1923 at Cantt Police station.

Preliminary investigation suggested Gurbinder shared sensitive information of the Indian Army to the PIO (Pakistan intelligence operative) through social media platforms and messaging applications. The suspect was in police custody and the counter-intelligence wing was further investigating the matter.

Desh Raj, AIG, Counter-Intelligence, Bathinda, said: “After getting intel inputs, we have rounded up a man suspected to have links with intelligence agencies in Pakistan. The accused was working as a peon at the MES under multitasking staff wing at Bathinda Cantonment. He was honey-trapped by Pakistan-based ISI operative Khushbir Kaur (as told to him), who through him got entry into official WhatsApp groups of Army and subsequently accessed secret documents and other vital information regarding Army activities.” — TNS

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