A Leading Aircraftman (LAC) in the Indian Air Force, Ranjith KK’s hatred for his job lured him to become an easy prey and get tricked by ISI, Pakistani Spy agency via fake Facebook account. He is now stuck in legal troubles for allegedly leaking sensitive information in exchange for money.
Posted at Bhatinda base since 2010, Ranjith was dismissed in 2015 following his arrest with a joint operation by Delhi Police’s crime branch, military intelligence and the air force liasoning unit.
The communication that set this trap for Ranjith started on Facebook with a fake account McNaught Damini who pretended to be working in the defence analysis sector.
She presented Ranjith with a job offer of providing information about the fighter aircrafts and Squadron movements with their number, location of transportable radar units and their identification. Regular updates on live air exercises including the INDRA- Indian-Russian military exercises and Jammu & Kashmir base activities were part of his job.
Ranjith, as per plan reported the movement of squadrons to Bathinda from Agra, Ambala, Srinagar, Pathankot, Amritsar, etc. with the number of aircrafts like Jaguar and more participating in the exercise.
Damini gave him the payment information, “Initially the payment slab ranges from 550 USD to 600 USD. But additional payments would be made for some other tasks for which the payment would vary from at least 5000 USD to 10,000 USD.”
Ranjith was suggested to provide bank details in the name of a trusted individual. “This is your salary account and should be separate from the present one so that nobody suspects,” Damini said.
Facebook, Skype and WhatsApp were some apps used between the two for cracking the deal. Transcripts of their Facebook conversations accessed by Mail Today have revealed the details.
“It is just me and my mother who live in Kerala. My sister is married and father passed away. When father died I just wanted a job immediately; that is why I joined the force,” he told Damini. Five years in the force were not his choice but the necessity of his family with no earning source after the sudden demise of his father.
Ranjith was dissatisfied with the little pay here and even asked Damini to see opportunities in London. “I am a little fed up here. Here it is not sufficient. I cannot even complete the work of the house. My father had a dream of owning a house. It will take years to complete,” he said.
He grew suspicious quite a few times as there were hints all around but he didn’t push it.
During his Interview on skype with a person named Mangeet, the country was showing Pakistan. “He (Mangeet) demands me to join on Skype. But the problem is that it is showing he belongs to Pakistan. I think he is from Pakistan,” he told Damini. “Do not get me in trouble. I am a simple man with little dreams.”
However Damini convinced him “He is not from Pakistan and one thing you should keep in mind is that there is no one in our office from Pakistan.”