March 8:Three officers of Army and two of Air Force were arrested and terminated from service during the last three years for their alleged involvement in spying activities at the behest of Pakistani intelligence operatives, government told the Rajya Sabha today.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the involvement of the arrested personnel with ISI has been “established” and one of them has been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment of 7 years.
The Army personnel arrested are not very high rank officers and many of them have been “trapped” in doing so, Parrikar said, adding the government is hence sensitising defence personnel against falling prey to such traps.
In a written reply, he said, “During the last three years and the current year, three serving Army Personnel have been arrested for alleged involvement in spying activities at the behest of Pakistan Intelligence Operatives.”
He added that “Such incidents of spying have existed in the past also” and service personnel are regularly educated on the modus operandi being adopted by the Pakistani Intelligence Operatives.
“Further, such spying activities are related to providing defence related information like Army deployment, movement and training exercises, appointment of senior officers, formation sign, tactical number etc,” the Defence Minister said.