BSF trooper held for ‘spying’ for ISI sent to 7 days police custody

A Delhi court on Monday sent the Border Security Force (BSF) head constable Abdul Rasheed to police custody for seven days. Rasheed has been arrested on charges of supplying confidential information to the ISI.

Rasheed, posted with the BSF intelligence wing, was arrested with Kafaitullah Khanalias Master Raja of Rajouri district on charges of obtaining secret information related to India’s national security and passing it on to the ISI.

According to the crime branch, Kafaitullah Khan was a handler of the Pakistan Intelligence Operative (PIO) and Rasheed was one of his chief sources.

Information was largely passed through e-mail, WhatsApp and Viber networks, with Khan being given specific tasks mainly concerned with the deployment of security forces and Air Force Operations, a police official said.

“In 2013, Khan visited Pakistan and came into contact with ISI agents there. He agreed to share with them secret information in exchange of money,” the police said, adding that Khan soon started cultivating sources in the Indian Army and BSF.

Rasheed was his relative and Khan soon roped him into the network, luring him with a share of the commission he received from alleged ISI agents in Pakistan, the police said.

Agencies also quoted Delhi Police officials as saying that Khan had been told that he would be given assistance at the Pakistan High Commission.

“Kafaitullah Khan was also invited to Pakistan by his handler and was told that their people at the Pakistan High Commission will help him. He is not aware of the contact of the concerned person at the High Commission. They were supposed to tell him at appropriate time,” joint commissioner of Police (Crime branch) Ravindra Yadav said.

Khan is believed to have built a strong network in the defence forces including the Army, BSF and the Air Force. The police suspect that he has strategically placed his sources at important camps, headquarters of the defence forces who leak secret information to him in exchange for money.

“The arrest of Abdul Rasheed is only the tip of the iceberg. We suspect that Khan has an entire network of spies working for him. We are analysing the documents recovered. The documents will lead us to other moles,” police said.

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