Breaking News from news agencies are suggesting that a possible ISI spy was captured from a Brahmos Aerospace Unit, in Nagpur. An employee of DRDO, identified currently as Nishant Agarwal was booked by Uttar Pradesh ATS (Anti-Terrorism Squad), Maharashtra ATS and the Military Intelligence.
Nishant Agarwal, an employee of DRDO was working in the Brahmos Aerospace Ltd unit in Nagpur for the last 4 years. Sources are citing that he graduated from NIT Kurukshetra and also a brilliant student. The security forces took him into custody today following a tip that he might have passed on sensitive information to Pakistani agencies.
Special care is given by security agencies to ascertain whether the incident is yet another case of honey-trap. Earlier, Achutanand Misra, a BSF soldier hailing from Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district, was “honey-trapped” into sharing information about unit operational details, police academy and training centre by a woman who claimed to be a defence reporter.
Police authorities have found evidence that he has been chatting with Pakistani IDs in the name of some women, tracking back to Pakistan. It should be assumed that ISI is working behind the scenes. Recently, Indian Intelligence agencies had warned about possible attempts by fake Pakistani social media IDs trying to contact key officials placed in high-security installations.
Very sensitive info was found on his personal computer. The name of the person is Nishant Agarwal. We also found evidence of him chatting on facebook with Pakistan based IDs: Aseem Arun,IG UP ATS on a person working at Brahmos Unit in Nagpur arrested on the charges of spying. pic.twitter.com/KS5ZYgOq8p
— ANI (@ANI) October 8, 2018
“Very sensitive information was found on his personal computer. We found evidence of him chatting on Facebook with Pakistan-based IDs,” said Aseem Arun, the chief of the anti-terror squad of Uttar Pradesh. The government is in high alert since the incident occurred in a Brahmos unit. The fact that Brahmos is the deadliest supersonic cruise missile definitely ups the seriousness of the incident.
Even though it is considered that he passed info mainly with Pakistan, the involvement of other countries are not ruled out yet. He will be charged with the Official Secrets Act which could award him anywhere between 3 to 14 years of jail time. His work and home computers were seized and would be subjected to digital forensic analysis.