Pakistan sponsored ‘Sleeper Cells’ active in JK

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Pardeep Singh Bali

The arrest of spy from Jammu has made it evident that Pakistan has not stopped sponsoring ‘Sleeper Cells’ on Indian territory, especially Jammu and Kashmir, wherein their activity has been noticed time and again since last many decades.
In the past some years, over dozen of sleeper cells have been identified by the security agencies, some of them have been arrested, while many remained untraced. According to official sources, this is not the first time that a sleeper cell working as a spy has been identified by the security forces.
“Jammu has turned into the haven for the Pakistan sponsored sleeper cells. They find it easy to lure unemployed youth in Jammu and Kashmir. I am not sure but there are over hundreds of such people working in the state,” said sources, adding “Due to diversity of the state it
becomes difficult to identify one.”
Sources maintained that a Pakistani spy was arrested in Samba sector and two Pakistani SIM cards and a map was found from his possession. The map recovered from the spy showed the deployment of Indian security forces.
The arrested spy has been identified as Bodhraj, who is being questioned by the security forces to find out if he is a part of a Pakistani spy network in the country.
The spy was arrested on the day the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel killed seven Pakistani Rangers and a terrorist to foil an infiltration attempt across the Jammu International Border. The cross-border firing took place on Friday night along the Border in Hiranagar sector in Kathua district of Jammu.
Based on information received from military intelligence, Jammu police conducted a special operation in the border area of Ramgarh. Bodh Raj has been accused of passing on vital information regarding deployment and movement of security forces to Pakistan. During the search operation, Bodh Raj was found roaming in suspicious circumstances in Jerda village near the International Border and he tried to escape on observing the movement of the police party.
The police managed to chase down the individual and arrest him. He was identified as Bodh Raj. Police after searching him recovered 2 Pakistani SIM cards, a map showing deployment of forces, 2 India-made mobile phones and a memory card. Bodh Raj is being interrogated by the security forces for further details. The arrested spy was earlier arrested in narcotics case and was jailed in Punjab, where he developed links with Pakistan based agencies.
“From within the jail, he developed contacts with ISI. After coming out he came in contact with Taliban and Afghanis,” sources said and added that he was arrested with the help of cyber cell.
“His phone details were investigated and after proper satisfaction, he was handed over to Samba police,” sources said and added he was put up in Ramgarh police station, wherein he complained about poor health and was shifted to community health center Ramgarh, from where he was referred to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) under tight security.
If sources are to be believed, Jammu has remained hot bed for the sleeper cells. One notorious spy-Bathu was identified by the police but he remained untraced till date.
“Bathu was in Pakistan working for ISI and had shared many important details regarding national security. Some years back he returned back from Pakistan and was identified by the police, but on sensing that police has noticed him, he went underground.
Sources further said that in the same Ramgarh sector, Ashok Kumar from village Dhagg was identified for working for Pakistan based ISI and when the security forces received information about his presence, he also went underground and is still untraced.
According to official orders, 46 Pakistani spies have been arrested in the last three years.
OCT 13, 2016: The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) arrested two persons allegedly working as spies for Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI. Both of them were arrested from Kutch district, which shares border with Pakistan.
AUG 18, 2016: An alleged Pakistani spy was arrested by the Rajasthan police from Jaisalmer and items containing information on India’s defence institutions seized from him. Nandlal, hailing from Sangad district in Pakistan, was arrested from a hotel in Jaisalmer.
FEB 2, 2016: An Indian national by the name of Irshad was arrested in Pathankot by the Punjab Police based on a tip-off provided by India’s intelligence agencies. Irshad was an ISI agent who had managed to find an undercover job inside Pathankot Cantonment.
FEB 1, 2016: An ISI (Inter Service Intelligence) agent was arrested from Bhopal region. The operation was a joint effort of NIA officials and Bhopal Crime branch.
FEB 1, 2016: Four postal department officials based out of Pokhran and Balotra in Jaisalmer were arrested for allegedly spying for ISI. They are said to be passing on Army-related letters and other documents to a Pakistani agent.
DEC 28, 2015: An airman in the Indian Air Force, who allegedly shared secret documents with intelligence operatives backed by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), was arrested from Punjab by the crime branch of Delhi Police. The accused has been identified as Ranjith KK. He had joined the service in 2010 and was posted at Bhatinda Air Force Station.
DEC 27, 2015: An ex-Army man, identified as Gordhan Singh Rathore, a patwari in Khetolai, was arrested from a village closest to the Pokhran nuclear test site. A map detailing Pokhran field firing range had been recovered from his house.
DEC 8, 2015: Two suspected ISI spies were arrested by the CID in Rola village of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. They reportedly sent information related to military exercises in India to Pakistan.
DEC 6, 2015: An Indian Army rifleman was apprehended from West Bengal’s Siliguri by Delhi Police crime branch team in a case of espionage linked to Pakistan’s ISI. This is the fifth arrest made in the case between November 26 and December 6 from Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Siliguri. The rifleman was identified as Farid Khan.
DEC 5, 2015: The Delhi Police arrested another person from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the alleged spying racket working on behalf of ISI.
DEC 4, 2015: Retired Army havildar Munawwar Ahmad Mir was arrested.
DEC 2, 2015: STF of the Kolkata Police arrested another person on suspicion of carrying on espionage at the behest of Pakistan’s ISI. According to the police, the accused Sheikh Badal is a resident of Karaya police station area in the city and was arrested near the Regional Passport Office at Brabourne Road in Kolkata.
NOV 29, 2015: Kafaitullah Khan alias Master Raja, a resident of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir, was arrested. He worked as a library assistant in a senior secondary school in Rajouri district.
NOV 29, 2015: Abdul Rasheed, Border Security Force (BSF) head constable, posted in the intelligence wing of the force in Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir was arrested.
NOV 29, 2015: Contract labourer 51-year-old Irshad Ansari, his son Asfaq Ansari and another relative, Mohammed Jahangir were arrested in Kolkata. According to police sources, both Irshad and Jahangir have relatives in Karachi and they were hired by the ISI during their visit to the neighbouring country. They have been working as ISI agents for more than 10 years and had been trained by the ISI.
NOV 27, 2015: Mohd Aijaz alias Mohd Kalam was arrested on Nov 27 from a spot near Meerut cantonment railway station by a team of STF after carefully scrutinizing inputs.

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