PUNE/NAGPUR: A senior systems engineer with the Nagpur unit of BrahMos Aerospace, which is a joint venture between India and Russia to develop a cruise missile, was arrested on Monday for allegedly leaking ‘technical information’ to Pakistani spy agency ISI. He is also suspected to have passed on information to America’s spy agency CIA.
A joint team of Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) from Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh besides sleuths from the Military Intelligence (MI) swooped down on the rented flat of accused Nishant Agarwal in Ujjwal Nagar on Wardha Road, Nagpur. The sleuths questioned him since 5.30 am on Monday and took him into custody. An FIR has been registered against him with Uttar Pradesh police for offences under relevant sections of the Official Secrets Act.
According to police officials, Agrawal has been working with the organisation for the last four years. He is suspected of passing technical information related to missile technology to Pakistani and US intelligence agencies.
UP police officials said that the action in Nagpur is a follow-up of the arrest of three persons which included an ISI agent and two DRDO employees in Kanpur. A BSF jawan was also arrested. These accused were in contact with Agrawal.
Talking about the modus operandi, the officials said that Agrawal was communicating with a person having a woman’s profile on Facebook. The account was being operated from Pakistan.
In a press release, UP police stated, “After obtaining a search warrant from the court, we conducted a joint raid at Agrawal’s house in Nagpur. Classified information has been found on his personal computer. These are classified government records which should not have on his computer and for that, he has been arrested. ATS also conducted the search at his workplace. Our team has also seized his old computer from his native place in Roorkee, UP. After getting his transit remand, he will be taken to Lucknow.”
Police officials said that more arrests are expected in the case. “Two persons from Kanpur and Agra have been questioned and their computers have been seized. The forensic examination of the computers is being done and further action against them will be decided based on the outcome of the report,” an officer from UP ATS told Sakal Times.
POLICE QUESTION AGRAWAL FOR 12 HRS
Neighbours said a team of policemen came in a car at around 5.30 am and they remained in his flat till 5 pm. Agrawal’s landlord Manohar Kale said that he had submitted an Aadhaar card and letter from his employer while renting the flat last year. Agrawal got married two months ago and lived here with his wife, Kale said.