Punjab police dismantle cross-border espionage network, arrest two

Punjab police on Wednesday arrested two people on suspicion of spying for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and demanded that a cross-border espionage network be leaked.

The State Special Operations Cell (SSOC) in Amritsar has arrested Zafar Riaz and his accomplice Mohammad, according to an official statement. Shamshad from Amritsar.

Although Riaz is a resident of Kolkata in West Bengal, Shamshad is a resident of Madhuban in Bihar, but has been living in Mirakot Chowk in Amritsar for the last 20 years, the statement said.

To sever ties between Pakistan’s ISI and “traitors” providing intelligence to compromise the state’s sovereignty, integrity and security, Punjab police destroyed a cross-border espionage network, the statement said.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that Riaz was married to Rabia, a Pakistani national living in Model Town, Lahore, Pakistan.

At first, Rabia lived in Kolkata with Riaz but after her accident in 2012, she became financially weak and moved to Lahore at the insistence of her in-laws.

It is said that Riaz often went to India for treatment.

The statement said, “During this time, he contacted Pakistan’s Intelligence Officer (PIO) Awais who claimed to be working at the Foreigners Registration Office, Lahore.”

The accused was lured by Awais to work for ISI and during his visit to India, he started shooting photographs and videos of Indian Army buildings and sharing them through an encrypted app.

The statement said that initially his mobile phone was checked and pictures and videos were found.

Riaz said that at the urging of Awais, he introduced Shamshad to him.

“Shamshad has revealed that he has been living in Amritsar for the last 20 years and runs a lemonade cart opposite the Amritsar railway station,” the statement said.

He clicked pictures of the Air Force Station and the Cantt area of ​​Amritsar and shared them with Riaz who forwarded them to Awais, it was added.

A case under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Official Secrets Act of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was filed at the SSOC police station in Amritsar on Wednesday.

The statement said Riaz and Shamshad would be produced in court and their police remand would be sought.

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