Lucknow: A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan has been arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and charged of sharing crucial information with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agents. State Police chief OP Singh confirmed the same in Lucknow today
According to the state Director General of Police (DGP), the BSF jawan, Achutanand Misra, from Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa, was honey-trapped by the UP ATS into sharing information about the unit operational details, police academy and training centre by a woman who pretended to be a defence reporter.
Thereafter, Misra was quizzed by both the ATS and BSF officials for two consecutive days in Noida. Enough evidence has been gathered prima facie that proves that Misra committed a crime under the Official Secrets Act. Earlier, there had been inputs that Pakistan’s ISI was honey- trapping Army and para-military forces’ personnel by using Facebook. The crime was uncovered after Chandigarh’s Military Intelligence had tipped off the Uttar Pradesh ATS about a fake social media profile some time ago.
Misra had been recruited in the Border Security Force in the year 2006 had come into contact with the woman, the defence reporter in 2016 and sometime later, he started sharing information about unit location, details of ammunition and pictures of the BSF camp.
He also started a WhatsApp chat with a phone number registered in Pakistan. The DGP said that as per the chats, Misra was being influenced on religious conversion and the issue of Kashmir. He added that the Pakistani number was saved in his phone contact as “Pakistani dost” (friend). Misra will be produced before a court in Lucknow soon.
At least two BSF jawans died after their truck fell into a gorge near Banihal on Wednesday. The truck driver died too. The paramilitary forces personnel were moving to Kashmir for the civic body elections.