Monday, July 26, 2021

Punjab Police busts major cross-border espionage network with arrest of 2 Army personnel on charges of spying and providing classified documents to ISI

Punjab Police today busted a major cross-border espionage network with the arrest of two Army personnel on charges of spying and providing classified documents to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan.

Those arrested have been identified as Sepoy Harpreet Singh, who hails from village Cheecha in Amritsar and was posted in Anantnag. He joined the Indian Army in 2017 and belongs to 19 Rashtriya Rifles. Sepoy Gurbhej Singh, a native of village Punian in Tarn Taran, belongs to 18 Sikh Light Infantry and was working as a clerk in Kargil. He had joined the Indian Army in 2015. Sharing details, Punjab Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta, said that Jalandhar Rural Police led by SSP Naveen Singla, while investigating an NDPS case had recovered confidential and secret documents related to the functioning and deployment of the Indian Army from a cross-border drug smuggler Ranvir Singh, who was arrested with 70 grams heroin on May 24, this year.

He said that, during interrogation, Ranvir disclosed that he got these documents from Sepoy Harpreet Singh, who was his friend, as they both belong to the same village. DGP said that both the accused Army personnel had already shared photos of over 900 classified documents pertaining to defence of the country and national security to Ranvir Singh over a period of 4 months between February and May 2021 who had further passed them on to Pakistani Intelligence Officers.

The DGP revealed that Ranvir further used to send these classified documents to either the Pakistan ISI operatives directly or via Gopi, who has been identified as the main drug smuggler from village Dauke in Amritsar having links with Pakistan based drug-smuggling syndicates and ISI officials, who invariably work in tandem with each other. DGP Dinkar Gupta said, According to preliminary investigations, Harpreet Singh and Gurbhej Singh got monetary inducements for sharing confidential information.

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