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Pak spy held in Delhi; army documents seized

Source: PTI
September 21, 2010 20:19 IST
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A suspected Pakistani spy, who was in Delhi for the last one year allegedly conducting reconnaissance of army installations, was arrested recently, with the Delhi police claiming that they have recovered confidential documents related to the Indian Army from his possession.

Sajjad Haider, 43, hailing from Lahore, was apprehended by a team of the Delhi police's Special Cell from Samalkha village on September 14 on a tip off from central intelligence agencies, a senior police official said.

He has revealed the names of certain persons who facilitated his activities in India, who are being questioned. He was staying in the capital by using the fake name of Mohammad Pervez, he said.

"Confidential documents related to the Indian Army, a fake Indian driving license, an Indian PAN card along with Western Union money transfer receipts, rent agreements, mobile sim cards and phones have been recovered from his rented accommodation in Samalakha," the official said.

Trained by the Inter Services Intelligence for five months, the official said he was tasked to conduct reconnaissance of army installations in Punjab to collect information regarding the movement of armed forces.

"He had entered India in September last year through Bangladesh. He was directed by his handlers to first obtain credible Indian IDs to pass off as an Indian. Thereafter, he went about the task of procuring forged identity proof/ documents for himself, which would facilitate him in making a base for carrying out his mission successfully," the official said.

He also revealed that as per the instructions of his mentors, he had received the recovered confidential documents from a source in Delhi and the same was to be sent to one of his Pakistani handlers via Dubai through courier.

"He also revealed that after coming to Delhi, he initially picked up odd jobs in Okhla Industrial Area and started developing contacts with other logistic providers in the area," the official said. He managed to procure fake Indian driving license and Indian PAN card through local agents, the official said.

Soon he also procured mobile sim cards of different companies on the basis of his fake driving license and on the basis of IDs of other persons. After staying for some time in Okhla area, he took a rented room at Govindpuri, and later shifted to Samalakha.

"In between, he came in contact with one married lady and started cohabiting with her and her daughter in order to camouflage himself as a family man. During this period, theĀ  accused worked as a driver on different cabs attached with call centers at Gurgaon and Delhi," the official said.

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