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Pak High Commission staffer, 2 others detained for espionage

A Pakistan High Commission official has been detained along with two other people for their alleged involvement in an espionage ring involving sharing of sensitive defence documents and deployment details of BSF along the Indo-Pak border with Pakistani spy agency ISI.

The staffer Mehmood Akhtar, who worked in visa section of the Pak High Commission, was procuring critical details from two other accomplices near the Delhi zoo. Akhtar was, however, released after prolonged questioning by the police as he holds diplomatic immunity.

?The accused were involved in espionage activities for over a year-and-a-half. We were watching their activities for past six months. On a specific input, they were held yesterday. Akhtar is a kingpin of the spy ring,? Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) R S Yadav said while addressing a press conference.

He said Akhtar had forged Aadhaar card in the name of Mehmood Rajput and used to obtain information from his accomplices paying hefty amount to them.

The other two arrested are residents of Rajasthan and identified as Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir. Another Jodhpur-based person identified as Shoaib will also be arrested soon for his involvement in the espionage ring, Yadav said.

Police says that during interrogation Akhtar said that he was posted in the Pakistan High Commission here since about two-and-a-half years and was working in visa section.

"Since Akhtar was working in the visa department, it gave easy access to him to identify people who could work for him as spies. People who were financially weak would be lured by promise of getting big money," a senior police officer said.