The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Friday arrested two persons including an ex-serviceman for allegedly sending sensitive information to the Pakistan intelligence agency. The arrested persons have been identified as Saurav Sharma, a retired Army soldier who is a resident of Hapur in Uttar Pradesh and Anas Gitauli, a resident of Godhra in Gujarat.Also Read - India Being Used As Potential 'Back Door' Into Europe For Russian Oil, Suggests Report
“ATS had received inputs that an ex-serviceman Saurav Sharma — a resident of Hapur — is sending sensitive information to Pakistan intelligence agencies. He was arrested today. He confessed to committing the crime. Some documents recovered from him,” Prashant Kumar, Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) told ANI. Also Read - Dalbir Kaur, Sister Of Sarabjit Singh Who Died In Pakistan Jail, Passes Away At 67
“Probe reveals that the information used to be exchanged through a woman intelligence operative in Pakistan. He used to receive monetary benefits in exchange. FIR has been registered against him. He was produced before the court and sent to seven-day police remand,” he added. Also Read - Video: UP Woman Thrown Off 4th Floor Balcony by Estranged Husband; Dies
According to the reports, in November last, the officials of the Lucknow MI had received inputs regarding Sharma’s ‘involvement’ in espionage activities. The information codenamed ‘Operation Cross-Connection’ was shared with the UP ATS in early December, following which a joint investigation was initiated.
An FIR has been lodged at the Gomti Nagar police station in Lucknow against Sharma under Sections 120-B and 123 of the IPC, Sections 3, 4, 5 and 9 of the Official Secrets Act, and Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The UP ATS is likely to seek his police custody from a local court for further investigation.