According to police, a staff member of the Pakistan High Commission was detained by Delhi Police’s Crime Branch after he was found to be in possession of defence related documents. The staffer, identified as Mehmood Akhtar, was questioned by the Inter State Cell of Crime Branch, after the arrest of two men from Rajasthan for allegedly leaking the documents to him. Akhtar is said to be the kingpin of the spy rocket.
On intelligence inputs, Delhi Police Crime Branch took Akhtar into custody. He was released after questioning as he enjoys diplomatic immunity, police said.
“The spies are residents of Rajasthan working for Pakistan’s ISI. The spies were in touch with the staff here at Pakistan High Commission and were providing sensitive information,” said a senior police officer. Those arrested have been identified as Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs have summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit over the detention and repeated ceasefire violations committed by the Pakistan army along the border. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar informed Basit that the Pakistan mission staffer has been declared persona non grata for his role in the espionage case.