Soldier suspected to be ISI operative held in Bengal

Kolkata, Dec 6 (IANS) A soldier, suspected to be involved in spying for Pakistan, was arrested in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district on Sunday and handed over to the police, a defence official said.

“Rifleman Farid Khan of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry was detained by the army a few days back after some incriminating documents were found in his possession. He was handed over to the police today (Sunday),” a defence spokesperson told IANS.

Farid Khan was earlier posted in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir when he allegedly came in contact with an Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) operative and passed on vital information.

Following a request by the Delhi Police Crime Branch on December 2, he was detained by the army in Siliguri and handed over to them.

Farid Khan is the latest of suspected ISI agents arrested from the state.

Busting a spy module, the Special Task Force of the police has arrested six alleged ISI operatives from the city since November 14 after they nabbed Akhtar Khan.

The STF then arrested Akhtar’s brother Zafar Khan two days later.

Subsequently the trio of Irshad Ansari, Asfaq Ansari and Mohammad Jahangir was arrested for their alleged role in leaking strategic information to the ISI.

Besides a host of forged documents and fake Indian currency notes, the police also seized hand-drawn maps of defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) which builds warships for the Indian Navy.

On December 2, the STF arrested Sheikh Badal, an accomplice who had allegedly forged their passports.

The Delhi Police in November busted an espionage racket with the arrest of a suspected ISI operative and a BSF head constable from Jammu and Kashmir.

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