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HAL employee arrested for supplying aircraft info to Pakistan’s ISI

A Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) employee has been arrested for supplying Indian fighter aircraft details to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, Maharashtra police have said on Friday.

The man was supplying secret information about Indian fighter aircraft and their manufacturing unit to ISI, a police statement said.

The Nashik unit of the state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had received reliable intelligence about the man who was in constant touch with the ISI, the statement said.

The man was supplying the secret information about Indian fighter aircraft and their sensitive details, along with the information related to HAL’s aircraft manufacturing unit at Ojhar near Nashik airbase and prohibited area inside the manufacturing unit, police said.

An offence under the Official Secrets Act has been registered against the 41-year-old man.

Officials of the Nashik ATS unit arrested him from his house in Nashik, a police official said.

“Three mobile handsets, along with five SIM cards and two memory cards, have been seized from him. The phones and SIM cards were sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory for examination,” he added.

The accused was produced before a court on Friday and has been remanded in the ATS custody for 10 days, he said.

The HAL’s Aircraft Division, Nashik, established in 1964 for licence manufacture of MiG-21FL aircraft and K-13 missiles, is located at Ojhar, 24 km from Nashik and around 200 km from Mumbai.

The division has also manufactured other MiG variants like MiG-21M, MiG-21 BIS, MiG-27 M and the state-of-the-art Su-30 MKI fighter jet. The division also carries out the overhaul of the MiG series aircraft and Repair and Overhaul (ROH) of Su-30 MKI aircraft.