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NIA arrests ISI agent from Gujarat’s Kutch

The anti-terror probe agency NIA on Monday said it had arrested an agent of Pakistan’s ISI in connection with its investigation in the Defense/ISI case of Uttar Pradesh.

Officials in the agency said, the NIA sleuths arrested accused Rajakbhai Kumbhar – a resident of Mundra town in Kutch, Gujarat, who worked as a supervisor at the local dockyard.

Kumbhar was allegedly working as an ISI agent, they added.

According to the NIA officials, the case came to light after an FIR was lodged at the Lucknow’s Gomti Nagar Police station by the UP Anti-Terrorist Squad following the arrest of one Mohammad Rashid, a resident of Chandoli district.

The NIA took up the investigation in the case on April 6 and re-registered an FIR under various sections of the IPC and the UAPA, the officials said.

“During the investigation, it was revealed that accused Mohammad Rashid was in contact with Defense/ISI handlers of Pakistan and had visited Pakistan twice,” said a senior NIA official.

“He had transmitted photographs of some sensitive and strategically important installations in India and also shared information about the movement of the Armed forces with ISI handlers in Pakistan,” said the official.

“Further investigation in the case revealed that accused Rajakbhai Kumbhar worked as an ISI agent and transferred an amount of Rs 5,000 through Paytm in the account of one Rizwan, which was further handed over to the main accused Mohammad Rashid,” the official added.

“It also came to light that the amount was remitted to Mohammad Rashid by Rajakbhai Kumbhar on the directions of ISI handlers in lieu of the information supplied by Mohammad Rashid to ISI agents,” the official revealed.

A search was conducted at the house of accused Rajakbhai Kumbhar on August 28 and several incriminating documents were seized and later he was arrested by the agency, said the official.