7 Navy sailors, hawala operator held for spying for Pak


VISHAKHAPATNAM/VIJAYAWADA: 7

Indian Navy sailors

and a Mumbai-based

hawala operator

were being arrested on Friday by

Andhra Pradesh law enforcement

on rates of spying for Pakistan by means of women of all ages who lured them into on the net associations.

The 8, arrested from distinct sections of the state, were developed ahead of a

National Investigation Company

(NIA) Court docket in Vijayawada which purchased them to be remanded in judicial custody until January three. They have been charged the

Official Tricks Act

, 1923.

The countrywide espionage probe, code-named Procedure Dolphin Nose, was carried out in coordination with central protection agencies and the

Indian Naval Intelligence

.

Investigators stated that given that mid-2018 the 7 sailors, posted at

Visakhapatnam

, Mumbai, and Karwar bases experienced been leaking delicate information and facts on the positions of Indian ships and submarines to an ISI handler.

The AP police counter-intelligence workforce explained the hawala operator may well have clues to a more substantial racket and a comprehensive probe was essential. “The Andhra Pradesh Intelligence department launched an operation in affiliation with central intelligence businesses and the naval intelligence and has busted an

espionage racket

owning one-way links to Pakistan,” the police statement said.

“The seven personnel of the Navy and a hawala operator have been arrested from distinctive pieces of the region. Some extra suspects are remaining questioned. The investigation is on,” the statement added.

A senior police officer mentioned the sailors ended up recruited in early 2017 and a yr later on, they were being contacted by “three to 4 women”, who lured them into on line relationships. The women of all ages launched them to a businessman, the ISI handler.

The ISI handler from Pakistan started gathering sensitive data, which includes the precise location of Indian submarines and navy ships, the formal reported. “The sailors were obtaining revenue handsomely from the hawala operator for their providers,” the formal instructed TOI. The law enforcement are yet to nab the handler and the girls concerned in the honey trap.

Though the hawala operator is from Mumbai, the sailors are from Maharashtra, Jodhpur and Alwar in Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha.