Jaipur: A 42-year-old man from Delhi was arrested by the Rajasthan police for allegedly acting as a spy for Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI, stated officials. On Monday, the police interrogated Mohammed Parvez and then arrested him, said Additional Director General (Intelligence) Umesh Mishra. The accused was already arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for anti-national activities and he remained in judicial custody since 2017.

Upon investigation, police found out that Pervez had alleged contacts with ISI handlers. Parvez told the police that he had travelled to Pakistan 17 times during the last 18 years.

Parvez allegedly honey-trapped Indian Army soldiers through fake identity to collect confidential and strategic information and passed those to the ISI, which gave him financial support, the officer said. The ISI gave all necessary support for passing confidential information, Mishra added.

 A report by Times of India quoted Umesh Mishra as saying, “The man arrested today also had a hand in the honeytrap case of Army jawan Sombir Singh who was posted in Jaisalmer military station. He had direct contact with Pakistani agents, handlers and other operators and used to collect confidential information from them and send them to ISI. Parvez had travelled to Pakistan multiple times in the last 18 years and used to make efforts to get early visa for many agents, operators, etc., to travel to Pakistan by contacting Pakistani embassy. He would take the money and copies of their passports.”

Pervez got mobile SIM cards on photo and identity card copy of people on the assurance of quick visa formalities done at the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi. Conniving with SIM card retailers, he got the numbers activated to share information with his handlers, the officer said. Parvez was presented before a Jaipur court, which sent him to four-day police custody, Mishra said.

The accused, who is a resident of Chandani Mahal in Delhi told the police that the ISI used to pay for his work.

(With agency inputs)